Chloe Zhao has signed on to helm Marvel’s next potential franchise, the Jack Kirby-created title The Eternals.
Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose spec script Ruin topped the 2017 Black List, penned the script for the superhero team adventure.
Jack Kirby created the Eternals in 1976 during his cosmic hero stage and was influenced by such works as Chariots of the Gods, which explored ancient gods as aliens.
The project features the super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.
The director search for Eternals reportedly came to a head in the last few weeks of summer, with a shortlist consisting of Watchmen pilot helmer Nicole Kassell, Travis Knight (Bumblebee, Kubo and the Two Strings), as well as Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the duo behind Colombian movie Birds of Passage.
Zhao was already well-known to Marvel as she went down the road with the company on Black Widow, the standalone featuring Scarlett Johansson’s spy heroine. Cate Shortland ultimately landed the coveted job.
Stay tuned for all the latest on this new MCU project!