Captain America and Black Widow will be back on screen together. No, not in a Marvel movie, but Apple’s new movie Ghosted.
Apple Studios has set a high-profile project that will reteam Marvel stalwarts Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in “Ghosted”, a romantic action-adventure that will be directed by Dexter Fletcher. He helmed “Rocketman” and finished “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The stars are in advanced negotiations. The script is by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of the “Deadpool” films and “Zombieland”, and most recently scripted “Escape” from Spiderhead. They hatched the idea and sold it to Skydance as a pitch.
This becomes the latest deal for David Ellison’s Skydance, which is coming off the Chris Pratt-starrer “The Tomorrow War”, which was distributed by Amazon, the Michael B. Jordan-starrer “Without Remorse”, and just set Victoria Mahoney to direct “Old Guard 2”, the Netflix sequel.
Details are behind kept under the white sheet but the project is being described as a high-concept romantic action-adventure in the vein of “Romancing the Stone”, the 1984 adventure movie that starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. There is no price tag on the project but it’s bound to be pricey. But it’s also part of Apple’s aggressive plan to attract top talent for its growing feature division.
The streamer is currently in production on “Emancipation”, a slave drama starring Will Smith, earlier this year filmed “Killers of the Flower Moon”, Martin Scorsese’s period thriller that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and upcoming is the Ridley Scott-directed “Kitbag” with Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte and Jodie Comer as his wife Josephine.
For Johansson, this is the second deal she has made since filing her lawsuit against Disney over alleged contract breaches with the Disney+ release of the “Black Widow” which was shot in Hungary. The first was coming on board the new Wes Anderson movie, which is now shooting in Spain.
Evans scored strong notices for his legal drama, “Defending Jacob”, which he made for Apple, and recently wrapped “The Gray Man”, an action thriller with Ryan Gosling that reunited him with his “Avengers” filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo.