Marvel Wants Angelina Jolie To Direct Captain Marvel?

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OK! Magazine reports in their February issue that executives at Marvel Studios were very impressed with Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and have offered her $20 million to direct their first female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel

In addition to admiring Jolie's work on the biographical war drama about Louis "Louie" Zamperini, Marvel desires Jolie because they want a woman's touch on Captain Marvel. “Having a female director is a priority for them,” explained their inside source

Jolie is said to be keen on Marvel's offer. “She 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,” their source added. That last part refers to leaked emails in which producer Scott Rudin made some unflattering remarks to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal about Jolie, like calling her a "minimally talented spoiled brat" and "a camp event.”

I do find it hard to believe that Marvel would fork over $20 million to Jolie when she has only directed two films so far, no matter how well directed they are. The other being 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Whoever Marvel brings in they will have a lot of pressure placed upon them to make sure Captain Marvel is a hit. Let's face it, Marvel Studios doesn't have the film rights to a lot of their best female superheroes. Captain Marvel is their female version of Superman. The former air force pilot can fly and is super-fast, super-strong, invulnerable and has energy projectile powers. It is vital for Marvel to prove that they can make a female led superhero movie work. If it did, it would open the door for even more of Marvel's female characters to get their own solo films as well.

Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.

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  1. I mean...maybe? Unbroken was an amazing book that was reduced down to a  2 1/2  hour torture film with no character development...but that wasn't her fault necessarily, that was all screenwriters. Disney already banked on her once for Maleficent last year, so I'm not surprised she's in the running.

  2. File under: Things that will probably never happen. I can't imagine that ten minutes after she makes a big splash with Unbroken, she's interested in getting bogged down in the stuido politics of a Marvel film.

  3. This is a smashing idea. Ms. Jolie has proven to be a formidable director, experienced the epic Laura Croft films which would certainly lend her some experience in creating an iconic female heroine epic for film. she has worked within the Disney Studio system and she is a smart cookie. I applaud Marvel Studios for looking for female talent.

  4. RussBurlingame said ... (original post)

    File under: Things that will probably never happen. I can't imagine that ten minutes after she makes a big splash with Unbroken, she's interested in getting bogged down in the stuido politics of a Marvel film.

    Kenneth Brannagh, Academy Award winning director, Shakespearean actor, took on Thor. He didn't get bogged down in Marvel Studio politics.  James Gunn told Marvel what he wanted to do with Guardians, Marvel agreed.  

    • wheelwork
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    If MArvel trusts her ,I trust her.

    Totally agree with your point Jay.

    Alot riding on the success of this film.

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