SILVER & BLACK Director Says The Movie Could Now Become A Limited Series On Disney+

SILVER & BLACK Director Says The Movie Could Now Become A Limited Series On Disney+

Silver Sable and Black Cat were originally going to team-up in a movie before later being given their own solo outings. However, director Gina Prince-Bythewood now believes they could be coming to Disney+!

By JoshWilding - Apr 25, 2020 03:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Silver & Black
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Silver & Black has been through quite the journey; initially, it was going to be a team-up movie bringing Silver Sable and Black Cat together as an unlikely duo. Later, the decision was made to give each character their own solo outings, but we've not really heard anything concrete since then. 

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, original director Gina Prince-Bythewood was asked what she knows about the project, and it sounds like there are discussions to bring it to Disney+!

"I really love that project, and I do hope it can still happen in some way. It keeps going through different thoughts. First, it was going to be the two of them, and then the decision was made to separate the two. Now, there’s a thought of “Hey, maybe we put it on Disney+ as a limited series,” but I loved it more as a film with the two of them. So, my hope is that one day it can still happen."

We know that Sony has big plans to bring its Spider-Man properties to the small screen, and it's feasible that Silver & Black could be among them. Disney+, however, is an unexpected destination, as Marvel Studios only has creative input with the web-slinger's adventures and not the various spinoffs. 

Putting a Marvel TV series like this on the streaming service risks muddying the waters, as many casual viewers will assume it's a story that's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then again, it is possible that Kevin Feige will have some input given his new position as the boss of all things Marvel.

What do you guys think? 

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tmp3 - 4/25/2020, 3:35 AM
I thought Sony owned the rights? Whatever happened to the Sony Spider-Man shows that Lord/Miller were going to oversee?
Spock0Clock - 4/25/2020, 3:44 AM
@tmp3 - Who the hell knows. I guess it's possible Sony could (co?)develop original programming for Disney+. There's no rule that says they couldn't, I guess.

And who knows what actual leverage Feige has now. Perlmutter and the old-school Marvel dudes were plenty happy to collect licensing fees on their outsourced IP's without getting too involved, but it's possible Feige is looking to play somewhat harder ball to shape and control the Marvel-brand possessed by other companies.
tmp3 - 4/25/2020, 4:18 AM
@Spock0Clock - Eh. I just thought a series of shows overseen by Lord/Miller could have been great. Guess Sony saw otherwise and just quietly killed that project then.
How were your results btw?
ThePott - 4/25/2020, 4:58 AM
@tmp3 - I'm totally open to correction here and could be wrong but I'm almost positive that Disney own the TV rights to Spider-Man, not Sony. Which is why you have so many Spider-Man cartoons on Disney channels.

Then again I don't know why Sony would be happy to give this to Disney or why Disney would want it.
I'm totally open to being wrong here, I just vaguely remember hearing it years ago.
tmp3 - 4/25/2020, 5:17 AM
@ThePott - Sony owns the live-action TV rights, Disney owns the animated TV rights to programs under 40 minutes in length. It was from one of the Sony email leaks.
pclark - 4/25/2020, 6:00 AM
@ThePott - Much of the animated stuff is pre-existing and may even predate the Sony deal for Spider-man in the movies. But it has been quite some time since a Spider-Man animated series was produced.
ThePott - 4/25/2020, 6:41 AM
@pclark - Um.. what? What do you mean pre-existing?
There was Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD from 2012-2017 and another Spider-Man show premiered in 2017 and is still going. He's appeared in other Marvel shows too.
ThePott - 4/25/2020, 6:43 AM
@tmp3 - Is that definite? From everything I've heard a lot of the Sony deal for Spider-Man is a total mess of loopholes and a bit outdated in it's terms. I know at least at one point there was talk that Disney could make a live-actoin Spider-Man and Sony would have to honour it.
tmp3 - 4/25/2020, 6:50 AM
@ThePott - No, Disney legally can't make live-action Spider-Man TV shows, but Sony can without consulting Marvel at all
ThePott - 4/25/2020, 7:01 AM
@tmp3 - Huh okay. Have you a source on that? Wanna read more about the deal and know at one stage people were suggesting otherwise.
tmp3 - 4/25/2020, 7:13 AM
@ThePott - "SPE has the exclusive right to utilize the “Spider-Man” character and the other
Creative Elements listed in Paragraph 1 above to (a) develop and produce live action or
animated theatrical motion pictures (each, a “Picture”) and live-action television series
(and also animated television series with episodes longer than 44 minutes), during the
Production Term."
Origame - 4/25/2020, 9:07 AM
@tmp3 - its possible another deal could be struck where they put a black cat/silver sable show on disney+ in exchange for something else to be moved over for disney to work with (spiderwoman perhaps?). Honestly it sounds like the current deal was written with the idea it would change at some point anyway so this could be the director hoping for some new advantages when deal 3 comes around. Certainly isnt confirming anything.
Repian - 4/25/2020, 4:04 AM
They should do the same with Spider-Woman. A show for Disney +.
Kumkani - 4/25/2020, 4:07 AM
Why the hell would it be on Disney+? Is this not a Sony film?
LongMayHeReign - 4/25/2020, 9:08 AM
@Necropolitan - If Sony sells the show to Disney+ like how Netflix buys finished shows and movies maybe?
eagc1995 - 4/25/2020, 10:11 AM
@Necropolitan - She mentions that there has been talk about doing it as a series, rather than a movie. its not impossible that Sony is maybe looking at Disney+ as a place to stream their planned Spider-Verse live action series
Spock0Clock - 4/25/2020, 10:51 AM
@eagc1995 - There is a wrinkle to this, though, because I can't imagine Disney will want to take on a pseudo-flagship Marvel series for their streaming service that could be yanked from the platform in five years.

The Sisyphean project of Disney after buying Marvel has been to pull all of the humpty-dumpty pieces back under one single roof, by hook or crook. If they're going to tell fans "Check out Disney+'s new Spider-Man-spin-off series!", I have to assume they'll only do that if they're guaranteed to retain the streaming rights (and possibly the creative rights that result from the production) forever. And that doesn't seem likely.

Before all the Fox stuff, there were rumors of Sony Corporate looking to offload the media division, so maybe the long play for streaming rights won't matter if Disney makes a move on Columbia, too, but a bringing a rogue Sony production into the city walls like this seems particularly short-sighted.
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