Fresh off the success of ‘Unbroken,’ which apparently impressed the execs at Marvel, Angelina Jolie has been approached by the Disney/Marvel crew and offered the chance to direct ‘Captain Marvel‘ for the whopping price of $20 million dollars. The film will be the first Marvel movie with a female heroine as its lead character, and Marvel (rightfully so) believes that a female director would be an ideal fit to ensure the proper tone of the film. As one source puts it:
“Having a female director is a priority for them [Marvel]. …She [Jolie] never thought she’d be in such huge demand as a director, and to be courted by Marvel after the Sony fiasco is a huge pat on the back.”
Jolie also works with Marvel’s latest trend of hiring directors who can also help write the script, the most recent example being James Gunn of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ fame, proving that system works very well in the comic book movie arena. And while Jolie may not have directed a movie of this scope before, she has starred in movies this big, and has some comic-book cred under her belt after starring in ‘Wanted.’ The hope is that by this point she would have learned how action works on the screen by watching all the directors who coached her through the years. And while she may not have ever adapted a comic-book for the big-screen before, she did adapt ‘Unbroken,’ making it into a compelling enough story to earn it 3 Academy Award nominations.
The other compelling point about who directs ‘Captain Marvel’ is the precedent the film will set for future female-driven superhero movies. Sure, ‘Wonder Woman‘ will most likely come out before ‘Captain Marvel,’ but audiences are not (yet) looking at the DC Cinematic Universe with the same awe and respect as the Marvel films, and if ‘Wonder Woman’ fails, it would more likely be blamed on how Warner Bros/DC is handling its comic-book universe. ‘Captain Marvel’ will be judged entirely by the quality of its content, and if it fails after Marvel has had so many successes, the fault will land on the director and potentially whatever actress they find to play the role.
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Source: OK Magazine