Rumor: The Most Popular Female Director on the Planet Is Being Offered $20 Million to Direct 'Captain Marvel'
This comes from OK! Magazine (via CMB) so who the hell knows if there’s any accuracy to it whatsoever, but it’s an interesting enough rumor to pass along anyway. According to OK! Magazine’s source, they are apparently offering Angelina Jolie $20 million to direct Captain Marvel, based on how impressed they were with Unbroken.
On the one hand, it’s easy to be skeptical about the rumor because it comes from OK!, and because there was nothing about Unbroken that was particularly impressive (except those shark scenes because GAH). Also, superhero movies aren’t exactly in line with Jolie’s directing style (bland, unremarkable and unengaging).
On the other hand, it makes sense for Marvel — who looks as though it will beat everyone else to the punch and get a major female-led superhero to theaters before everyone else — to go after the most popular female director on the planet. In fact, one of the most popular women on the planet, period. If you’re going to do it, GO ALL IN. And Jolie — with the Tomb Raider movies — at least knows what doesn’t work, so she has that going for her, not to mention the fact that Marvel is so assembly-line driven that a lack of a distinctive directing style may not even hurt her.
But it goes without saying, but when it comes to debuting a female superhero movie, I think it’s more important to pick the best director and not the most popular, but then again, Wonder Woman may have already nabbed one of the best in Michelle MacClaren. Plus, based on their choice of Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man, the best director available may not a huge priority for the studio.