Fearing an "action-chick" bomb not unlike "Ultraviolet," "Aeon Flux," or "Elektra," Lionsgate has bailed on plans to bring Marvel’s "Black Widow" to the big screen, much to the chagrin of screenwriter David Hayter, who’s been plugging away on the project for quite some time.
From IGN FilmForce: "Hayter told IGN that after Lionsgate dropped Black Widow, "Marvel and I then spoke to a few other financing entities, but I never felt comfortable that we had found a place that was willing to take the movie, and the character, seriously."
He continued, "I have put it aside until a reputable studio comes along, but in the meantime, I am heartbroken. I love this character, I love the story/world we came up with for her, and I sincerely hope the movie gets done some day. In the meantime, I am creating an original feature to shoot next year."
Black Widow was to be a contemporary and realistic espionage adventure that would have taken the Black Widow into Kazakhstan, to the Red Room and beyond."