Silver Sable joins El Muerto as another Spider-Man spin-off project that has hit the skids at Sony.
The next year or so will be a busy one for Sony’s extended universe of Spider-Man characters – and the next twelve months will likely make or break the venture. Next year will see the release of Kraven The Hunter, Madame Web and perhaps a third Venom film, although the ongoing actors’ strike may end up pushing the latter back to 2025.
Either way, with such a concentration of Marvel-adjacent films on the way, audience reaction will likely determine whether there’s much of a future in these films. Of late, the overall project looks to have lost some momentum with the news that El Muerto, the planned film about a super-powered luchador wrestler has been out on hold indefinitely, whilst it has now emerged that the planned Silver Sable film has likely met the same fate.
Director Lindsey Anderson Beer has been out and about promoting her directorial debut, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, and was asked about Silver Sable, a project she was involved in at one point.
She said that “it was something that Sony was looking at and then, as far as I know, is not currently developing. I had to hop off that to another project at the time. I was only on it as — people hire writers as, it’s called a ‘weekly,’ I was helping them out. But yeah, I’m not sure.”
The last significant news we heard on the project came back in 2020 when Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of The Woman King, talked about the studio’s uncertainty over its direction. Prince-Bythewood was attached to Silver Sable as a producer and discussed Sony’s lack of surety about whether Silver Sable should be a film or a limited series, not to mention whether it should be a two-hander featuring the character of Black Cat or not.
Either way, it seems to have completely stalled, and we likely won’t hear much about it (or any other Sony/Marvel projects) until the studio examines the commercial appetite for the trio that are on the way. As for Lindsey Anderson Beer, she’s also been chatting about the new adaptation of Lord Of The Flies that she’s involved with.
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