UPDATE: Sony is currently still working on the Silver & Black script
Silver & Black director Gina Prince-Bythewood has revealed that the script has gone "back to the drawing board." Described as a buddy adventure featuring sneak-thief Black Cat and mercenary Silver Sable, shooting on Silver & Black has been delayed indefinitely. According to the director, the problems are all related to the script.
It's long been clear that Prince-Bythewood was unhappy with the Spider-Man spinoff's script. Back in February, when production was delayed, she mentioned that she was "still working on the script." She recently stressed the same point in an interview with Screen Rant, explaining that, "You gotta have a great script so we want to make sure that's right before we jump in." Then, iust yesterday, Sony removed the film from their schedule, and curious viewers were left wondering whether or not Silver & Black would actually go ahead at all.
"With Silver and Black, when you’re doing a film of that magnitude, it’s gotta be right. And if it’s not right, we actually collectively decided to go back to the drawing board and start over. That’s gonna take time. So obviously, I’d love to be shooting right now, but to be shooting something that I know is not as good as it can be, I’m not the type that wants to shoot something you’re rewriting, as you’re shooting. So, we have to get the script right, and I’m okay to wait. I may be shooting something before that, but it really is just get the script right before we go on that journey."
Silver & Black was expected to be the second film in Sony's Spider-villain spinoff franchise, but it's clear the director was deeply unhappy with the script. Prince-Bythewood's comments suggest she may even "be shooting something before that," an implicit caution that fans shouldn't expect any news regarding the Sony Marvel film soon. These rewrites are clearly on a significant scale.
This may leave the future of Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs in doubt. Venom is due to release in October, launching the initiative, but marketing for that film has been hit and miss. The first teaser trailer was widely derided, as it was pre-CGI and didn't even feature a shot of the tongue-slavering symbiote. While Venom's full trailer was far more effective, the reality is that the jury is out on the film. Meanwhile, it seems reasonable to assume Sony has dropped their Mysterio idea, given the villain is expected to appear in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
It may be that Sony might decide to release Morbius as their second Spider-villain spinoff instead. The first Morbius plot details leaked last month and teased a "horror action story" of a scientist who accidentally transforms himself into a living vampire. It's possible that Sony's spinoffs will embrace this kind of dark tone, which would make the buddy adventure of Silver & Black something of a poor fit.
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018