Apple Studios has set a high profile project that will reteam Marvel stalwarts Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Ghosted, a romantic action adventure that will be directed by Dexter Fletcher. He helmed Rocketman and completed Bohemian Rhapsody. The stars are in advanced negotiations. The script is by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of the Deadpool movies and Zombieland, and most recently scripted Escape from Spiderhead. They brought forth the thought and offered it to Skydance as a pitch.
This becomes the most recent deal for David Ellison’s Skydance, which is falling off the Chris Pratt-starrer The Tomorrow War, which was distributed by Amazon, the Michael B. Jordan-starrer Without Remorse, and just set Victoria Mahoney to direct Old Guard 2, the Netflix sequel. It gives another plum title for Apple, which just opened the Sundance sensation CODA, and is underway on the Martin Scorsese-directed Killers of the Flower Moon, the Will Smith-Antoine Fuqua movie Emancipation, and upcoming is the Ridley Scott-directed Kitbag with Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte and Jodie Comer as his wife Josephine.
This is the most recent deal for Johansson (who’ll be part of the cast of the new Wes Anderson film) since her lawyers filed a claim against Disney over the studio’s decision to day and date release Black Widow for premium buy on Disney+. The debate has turned into a demonstrating ground for stars and their reps hoping to solidify another format on manages no backend rewards, when studios flip titles to decorations. Johansson just had her first kid with spouse and Saturday Night Live head author and Weekend Update news analyst Colin Jost, and Deadline uncovered that Disney reacted with a thorned censure to Johansson while she was in the process of giving birth (in decency her attorneys documented suite during a similar period), which provoked her reps to report the introduction of their child. Start date is questionable, predicated on when she can get back to work.
She and Evans cooperated in three Avengers films, as well as Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
Johansson is repped by CAA, Evans by CAA and 3 Arts, and Fletcher by CAA; Reese and Wernick are repped by WME.