Eternals director Chloe Zhao confirms she wrote the latest draft of the script, explaining that the credits have yet to receive their latest updates.
Eternals Director Chloe Zhao confirms in an interview that she also wrote the script for the film, dismissing rumors that this would be her first achievement without writing credit. Its star-studded MCU film is set to premiere in the United States in November 2021 after being moved twice due to COVID-19 disrupting Marvel’s release schedule.
Based on a race of humanoid beings created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in the 1970s, Eternals will feature characters the average Marvel fan might not know, but they will definitely recognize the actors who play them. Angelina Jolie makes headlines alongside Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Kit Harrington (Game Of Thrones), Bryan Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Salma Hayek, and a now ripped Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). The film has already made headlines for what this means for on-screen portrayal, showcasing the MCU’s first South Asian, Deaf, and LGBTQ superheroes and making Zhao the studio’s first woman of color in her career. sit in the director‘s chair.
While the early credits listed cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo as the film’s writers, Zhao puts an end to any concerns about his creative control over Eternals by confirming that the final project was his. She spoke with the reporter Marguerite Gardiner on the importance of writing in its cinematographic process:
I am the writer on Eternals, the credits aren’t updated yet, you know, so I still don’t know what it would be like if I didn’t write the movie, that I’m not at least an important part of the writing process. So yes, I haven’t experienced that in my career, I’m afraid, if it ever happens. So you see, in the writing process, that’s kind of where I bring my sensitivity, it’s a huge part. And creating situations that will allow a certain type of cinematic language to come in … that’s something I’ve learned from my last three films. I think Marvel was amazing, that Kevin [Feige] and Nate [Moore] and the whole team, they knew from the moment I pitched the movie that I really wanted, you know, the scope and the scale, at the same time, the privacy, they knew I wanted both. And they’ve been so amazing holding my hand through the whole process to get me as far and as small as possible, and how that fits into the whole MCU. It has been a pretty incredible process.
Zhao’s contentment with his level of involvement should be music to Marvel fans, as the Chinese filmmaker enters 2021 with quite a pedigree. After his first two feature films presented respectively at Sundance and Cannes, his last, Nomadic country, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and appears to be a strong contender for multiple Oscars in April. Marvel has worked with acclaimed independent directors before, but Zhao could very well attend the Eternals premiere with the Oscar for Best Director in her pocket, and many fans will surely be excited to see what she can do with the kind of budget Marvel Studios provides.
On the flip side, Zhao’s previous work has been drastically different from your average superhero blockbuster, and she’s making the leap to work with a wide range of established names. Its ability to handle a blockbuster of this magnitude remains to be proven, and some Marvel fans might be wary of what a Chloe Zhao-MCU movie might look like. Hoping she follows in Taika Waititi and Ryan Coogler’s footsteps and hits Eternals out of the park.
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Source: Marguerite Gardiner
- Eternals (2021)Release date: 05 November 2021
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