Sony Pictures is reportedly scrapping their Silver and Black movie from Gina Prince-Bythewood in favor of solo Silver Sable and Black Cat films. Sony holds the movie rights to hundreds of Marvel Comics characters, and though they've launched a couple film series based on Spider-Man, they're now looking to the webslinger's related characters for their next franchise. Kicking off with Ruben Fleischer's Venom later this year, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, the studio has a number of projects in various stages of development focused on Marvel characters.

One such project was the Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up film being written by Prince-Bythewood, who was also expected to direct. Sony originally slated Silver and Black for a February 2019 release date, but when little else was heard about the project - including casting of the two female leads - many began to wonder what was going on. Prince-Bythewood offered updates, saying she was reworking the script. But now the latest report indicates the project has been taken in an entirely new direction, with the characters set to lead solo films instead.

Variety reported a status update on Sony's entire upcoming Marvel franchise, starting with Venom and expanding to include the likes of Morbius the Living Vampire and Kraven the Hunter. As part of the overall story, Variety reports Silver and Black is being scrapped in favor of Silver Sable and Black Cat solo movies, with Felicia Hardy's Black Cat the first of the two to receive a standalone outing. Variety further reports that Prince-Bythewood may depart both projects as writer and director, remaining on board only as a producer - though the final details have yet to be fully worked out.

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