Angelina Jolie wants to quit acting. Last year, she told Entertainment Weekly, "“I see myself moving into directing more and doing much less as an actor. I have a few more [roles] in me, ones I have been developing for some time, so I will do those before I step away.”
Her next role, By the Sea, is a 70's Euro-romance that she wrote and directed. And it costars her husband, Brad Pitt. Pretty cozy. Jolie is also set to direct Pitt again in the horribly-titled Africa, about ivory poaching in 1980's Kenya. As a director she's working her way up through decades and continents. But could she be working her way up to a whole new universe? The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
According to non-nerd magazine OK! Marvel has offered Jolie a cool $20 million to direct their first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel, centering on super-heroine Carol Danvers, is set to become the first female-centric film from the comic studio, so it makes sense that execs want a woman behind the camera too: Angelina Jolie! An insider reveals that bosses at Disney-owned Marvel were so impressed with Unbroken that they’re offering Angie $20 million for the gig. “Having a female director is a priority for them,” explains the source, adding that Angie is thrilled by the 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.”
Take the source with a grain of salt. Last year, Marvel parted ways with their most known potential director, preferring Bring it On's Peyton Reed to the standalone ideas (i.e. not Marvel Universe-connecting) of Edgar Wright. We don't see Jolie as a "yes" woman. The Sony email hack revealed that mega-producer Scott Rudin viewed the actress-director as "spoiled." And if she wants to quit acting for directing, we assume that she'll want to provide immense input on every project.
But with DC and Marvel competing for stake-raising in the comic book universe, maybe Marvel would splurge for a splashy name behind the camera for Captain Marvel, seeing how DC's Wonder Woman will get out of the gate first (Gal Gadot will star in her own standalone film, directed by Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren; due in 2017). And names don't get much splashier than Angelina Jolie. Bonus: the war scenes was the best directed section in Unbroken, and the flashback scenes to Louis Zamperini's Olympic days were very Captain America-like.
What we do know is that Marvel has slated their first female-led comic book movie for July 6, 2018. And that it will be an origin story, of a "human woman who receives powers from an encounter with the alien Kree Empire."
[via Bleeding Cool]