Earlier this month during a director roundtable chat hosted by TheHollywoodReporter, The Farewell director Lulu Wang revealed that she has been approached by Marvel Studios for an undisclosed project and didn’t expand upon the result of that meeting.
THR: Who here has been asked to direct a Marvel film?
WANG: “[raises hand with a smile] I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that.”
Back in August, she told Variety she would love to make a female superhero movie.
WANG: “I would absolutely love to do a superhero movie. It just has to be the right one. It has to have the right message. Yes, I’m putting it out into the universe. Bring me all the superheroes. Definitely female. I definitely want to do a female superhero.”
However, I wouldn’t get too excited with this news as Lulu herself downplays being ready to tackle one of those kinds of films.
THR: Are superhero films essentially theme park rides?
WANG: “Sure, but I like theme park rides.”
“[speaking to Martin Scorsese] No, I agree with you because I don’t think that was what you were saying that it’s negative. I think you’re making a distinction between cinema and the bigger entertainment thing which is really made by committee and that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do it right now because I haven’t figured out my voice yet as a filmmaker.”
I’m sure this was overshadowed by the quote from Martin Scorsese clarifying his comments about superhero movies.
Interesting enough, this week saw the reveal that WandaVision writer Megan McDonnell would be tackling Captain Marvel 2’s script with the addition that Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden wouldn’t be coming back for the sequel.
Instead, Marvel Studios would be looking to hire a new female director.
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Wang was being considered for a project like Captain Marvel 2 in the wake of the film’s success and the recent casting of The Farewell’s main lead Awkwafina in a mysterious leading role in Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings.
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER