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Marvel streamlines their Captain Marvel directorial search

08.24.2016
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Marvel is getting serious about candidates to sit in the director's chair as they introduce CAPTAIN MARVEL into their Cinematic Universe. After casting a wide net in their search for filmmakers to helm the feature film that'll star Brie Larson in the title role, they have narrowed down their list of prospects as they head into the home stretch of this extended job interview.

Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria sit atop the list as frontrunners for the gig after directors like THE BABADOOK's Jennifer Kent and KUNG FU PANDA 2's Jennifer Yuh were considered but ultimately weeded out as the process continues forward. Other unrevealed names are also in the conversation, but Caro, Glatter and Scafaria are leading the charge at the moment. However, don't expect Marvel to rush into a decision anytime soon. If anything, they are being more deliberate in finding the right fit for their first female superhero film, and the next step will involve the studio giving a treatment and other assorted documents to those they're thinking about in order for them to offer up detailed presentations on how they'd approach the Phase Three movie. 

Caro put herself on the radar back in 2002 with WHALE RIDER, which earned an Best Actress Oscar nomination for then-13-year-old Keisha Castle Hughes. She then went onto direct NORTH COUNTRY, which received two Academy Award nominations - one for Best Actress for Charlize Theron and one for Best Supporting Actress for Frances McDormand. She has worked within the Disney machine before, helming MCFARLAND, USA for The Mouse, and also has THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE in the can right now with Jessica Chastain, which you know you'll be seeing because it stars Jessica Chastain

 

Glatter is a much different option, having cut her teeth in the world of television. She is the main director for Showtime's HOMELAND, nominated for an Emmy this year for her work on the show, and had previously also been responsible for episodes of RAY DONOVAN, THE NEWSROOM, TRUE BLOOD, MAD MEN, ER and THE WEST WING. Yep... That's some resume of TV series to be involved in. 

Scarfaria, on the other hand, made her feature film debut with SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, which she also wrote, after penning the script for NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST. She also wrote and directed THE MEDDLER, which was well-received earlier this year. 

Needless to say, Marvel is going to pick a quality female filmmaker for CAPTAIN MARVEL. They have a wealth of choices on their menu and will make a solid decision, no matter who they select. It's just a matter of which direction they choose to go.

CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her own film on March 8, 2019.

 

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9:35AM on 08/25/2016
I don't know that much about Captain Marvel, so maybe Lorene Scafaria would be the absolute wrong choice. I am however a fan of hers, and loved Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
I don't know that much about Captain Marvel, so maybe Lorene Scafaria would be the absolute wrong choice. I am however a fan of hers, and loved Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
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5:39AM on 08/25/2016
Glatter seems to be the best choice in theory. She has worked in more projects, she has handled relatively big budgets and, as a TV director, she's used to having to direct with someone else's established vision (that would prevent another Edgar Wright-like fight).
Glatter seems to be the best choice in theory. She has worked in more projects, she has handled relatively big budgets and, as a TV director, she's used to having to direct with someone else's established vision (that would prevent another Edgar Wright-like fight).
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7:14PM on 08/24/2016
Michelle MacLaren must be busy for her name to not even be mentioned.
Michelle MacLaren must be busy for her name to not even be mentioned.
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5:08PM on 08/24/2016

TV directors are where it's at right now.

some of the best directorial stuff is happening on TV these days (AMC, HBO, etc.). and they understand how to put a spin on something that fits into an overall structure. it really makes the most sense for the MCU.
some of the best directorial stuff is happening on TV these days (AMC, HBO, etc.). and they understand how to put a spin on something that fits into an overall structure. it really makes the most sense for the MCU.
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5:47PM on 08/24/2016
I don't know. Alan Taylor worked on Game of Thrones, and he directed Thor 2, one of the weakest MCU films. And Terminator Genysis was even worse. From a business stand point a TV director might make sense, but it doesn't always mean that person should helm a film.
I don't know. Alan Taylor worked on Game of Thrones, and he directed Thor 2, one of the weakest MCU films. And Terminator Genysis was even worse. From a business stand point a TV director might make sense, but it doesn't always mean that person should helm a film.
10:14PM on 08/24/2016
but... the Russo Brothers and Joss Whedon were TV directors... Alan Taylor was a misfire. it happens.
but... the Russo Brothers and Joss Whedon were TV directors... Alan Taylor was a misfire. it happens.
5:08PM on 08/24/2016
Think Caro is the best choice of that lot. She seems to have the most experience with big movie productions
Think Caro is the best choice of that lot. She seems to have the most experience with big movie productions
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