Sunday, January 29, 2017

Marvel's 'Cloak & Dagger' Will Break Down Barriers With Director Gina Prince-Bythewood At The Helm

Image from Bustle

The Marvel stronghold on film and television just got a bit stronger. Variety is reporting that Freeform will adapt Marvel's Cloak and Dagger for television. And even better, the pilot episode may be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who seemingly confirmed the news in a recent tweet. If that name sounds familiar but you can't quite place it, Prince-Bythewood is the director par excellence of amazing films and television shows like Love & Basketball, Girlfriends, and the highly anticipated series Shots Fired.

From Cloak & Dagger's reported description, it sounds like the show will be the perfect blend of superhero action, romance, and an extremely timely exploration of contemporary interracial relationships. Variety reported,

"The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging."

It's not often that you see a woman of color charge with directing, setting the tone, and guiding a story to success in this arena. Prince-Bythewood's potential hiring also means she is one of the few women brought on to direct a Marvel franchise in recent years; last year, it was announced Jessica Jones Season 2 would be female directed in its entirety. This is a continued move in the right direction for Marvel.

Image and text from Bustle

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