Olivia Wilde has reportedly signed on the dotted line to direct and write a Spider-Women movie. The news follows reports from earlier in the year that Sony are eager to develop more female led movies for its Marvel Universe.
The report comes via Deadline, who’s sources revealed the news that Olivia Wilde had agreed on a deal to direct a female-led project for Sony. Whilst it wasn’t confirmed to Deadline which movie Wilde would direct, it is “expected that the story will be centered on Spider-Woman.”
Wilde suggested that the Deadline’s sources are correct, when she retweeted the story with a spider emoji.
Wilde is said to be writing the script with Katie Silberman, a collaborator from the highly reviewed Booksmart. Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal and Spider-Man: Far From Home executive producer Rachel O’Connor are also attached to the project.
The Spider-Women character has been around since the late 1970s with Jessica Drew being the first alter ego to put on the costume. Other characters who have taken on the Spider-Women moniker include Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacey. The Gwen Stacey version of the character is the most well-known recently after Spider-Gwen’s appearance in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Reportedly, bringing Olivia Wilde onboard has been a high-priority project since the start of this year. However, Wilde was hesitant to commit due to her busy schedule. Fortunately for us, the opportunity to launch a new female superhero was too hard for her to pass up.
There’s no word on when we can expect to see Olivia Wilde’s version of Spider-Women hit the screens, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.