‘Captain Marvel’s’ shortlist down to 3 as Marvel Studios zeros in on their director

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Slowly, but surely, Marvel Studios is closing in on a director for Captain Marvel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Niki Caro (McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (Showtime’s “Homeland”) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) are on the shortlist for the highly-coveted job.

The three contenders were narrowed down from a shortlist that also included Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2). THR is quick to point out that a decision won’t be made anytime soon since Marvel is being very deliberate in its search. Now that the list has been shortened to 3 directors, the next step “will involve Marvel giving a treatment and documents to the directors in order to prepare a detailed presentation.” After all, like the other Marvel directors before them, they’ll have to be able to blend their own artistic visions with the larger Marvel plan.

The list of directors chosen seemingly follows a formula that Marvel loves to employ. Niki Caro, who like Ryan Coogler, has prestige Oscar cred for her 2002 film, Whale Rider. Her other film credits include North Country, Disney’s McFarland, USA, and The Zookeeper’s Wife. Much like the Russo Brothers, Lesli Linka Glatter’s directing credits primarily come from the television realm including Showtime’s “Homeland,” “Ray Donovan,” “The Newsroom,” “True Blood,” “Mad Men,” “ER,” and “The West Wing.” Last but not least, Lorene Scafaria is a bit on the quirky side, just like James Gunn and Scott Derrickson, with films like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Meddler, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

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Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.

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