Sony is already creating a buzz for its upcoming film Silver & Black, the studio’s film starring classic Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat, by announcing that writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the film. This announcement makes Prince-Bythewood the first black woman to direct a superhero movie. Prince-Bythewood is known for films such as Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights.
For those who aren’t familiar with these comic book characters, Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals while Black Cat is an acrobatic cat burglar (real name: Felicia Hardy), who had a tangled romantic relationship with the webslinger in the Spider-Man comics, Deadline reported.
According to Deadline, she plans to rewrite the Silver & Black script originated by Thor: The Dark World scribe Christopher Yost. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing, and Columbia Pictures execs Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing.
Prince-Bythewood isn’t a stranger to the superhero genre; she most recently directed the Freeform network’s pilot for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger.