Captain Marvel‘s new screenwriter won’t be starting from scratch. The upcoming movie marks the first female superhero-led movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and star Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel). The film had been long-rumored prior to its announcement, with the project going back to 2013 when news first broke about Marvel Studios looking into making a Ms. Marvel movie; it was only later on, in October 2014, that the movie was confirmed and officially titled Captain Marvel.
The following year, screenwriters Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) were hired to write the screenplay for the film, with directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) helming the project. The movie was originally scheduled to release in July 2018. However, external circumstances caused the studio to push the movie back to 2019, and thus, the studio has since brought on a new screenwriter to take over for Perlman and LeFauve: Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider, Gotham City Sirens).
It was initially unclear if Robertson-Dworet had been brought on to rewrite the entire script, or merely write the latest draft. After all, starting over from scratch could potentially delay production, which is currently scheduled to begin this January and continue until May 2018. According to Perlman, Robertson-Dworet has been brought on only write the newest draft, and she has nothing but praise for the new writer. Furthermore, Perlman also explains why she and LeFauve had been on Captain Marvel for so long – almost 2.5 years.
Happy to confirm my pal Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be the next writer to help guide #CaptainMarvel's journey to the screen. She's stellar!— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017
I was lucky to have the years on CM that I did - I'm excited to see where Geneva (who's got incredible character chops) takes our beloved CM— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017
No - Geneva is taking it from here and I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park. It's been a great 2.5 years though. ;-)— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017
Because Marvel started development originally w/ a 2018 release date in mind, then we got pushed due to Spiderman, Ant Man & the Wasp, etc.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 16, 2017
Which is all to say - it's going to be fine, and the project is in excellent hands.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 16, 2017
Perlman fans may be glad to hear that Robertson-Dworet won’t be throwing our Perlman and LeFauve’s script, which means taking the story back to the ’90s and having the Skrulls appear was possibly their idea all along. Moreover, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, will also be joining Danvers in her first superhero outing.
Aside from the obvious praise for Robertson-Dworet, Perlman’s comments about the movie shifting release dates and potentially affecting her and LeFauve’s timetable are interesting. Spider-Man’s inclusion into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as a result of a landmark agreement between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios) altered the studio’s plans for the MCU’s Phase 3, and the shared universe’s future in general. The web-slinger’s addition, and the success of Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, convinced the studio to push out Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming and Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp first, with the latter taking Captain Marvel‘s original July 2018 release date. Nevertheless, it seems like things are moving smoothly for the film to release in 2019.
Source: Nicole Perlman
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