When it came to SJ Clarkson's take on Sony/Marvel's Spider-Women origin story, Lady Teia, “It all started with clairvoyance”, says the filmmaker.
Clarkson, who makes her debut as a director here, has already delved into the Marvel universe as an episode director for Netflix series Jessica Jones. In fact, it was her visceral work treating female PTSD in a psychological thriller style that impressed Sony Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman, who was impressed by the pilot's final elevator scene.
Clarkson talks about projecting a psychic, image-flow style look on today's Crew Call:
Plus, the British filmmaker discusses how she achieved her killer cast of Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, and Celeste O'Connor.
What surprised Clarkson about Johnson, besides being a “grounded” artist, was that the actress could drive like a bat out of hell.
“(A director) asks actors a lot: can you direct? Can you ride a horse? Do you speak French?”
“And you get to set and they're like, 'Oh, I actually can't, I've never ridden a horse or anything like that,” Clarkson gushes.
“She literally said, 'I can drive.' And I said, 'Okay, let's see.' And on our first day of stunt rehearsal, she did a 180º turn and landed perfectly between the two cones. So, I thought, 'We're going to be fine.'”
Despite all the talk that fanboys are turning their backs on superhero movies starring women, Clarkson responds: “My hope was to make a big movie, a big psychological thriller within the Marvel universe that obviously has female characters at the center. . . Yes, but they're also great characters. And I think great characters transcend gender and genre.”
Plus, Clarkson talks to her The Game of Thrones prequel pilot, Blood Moon, starring Naomi Watts.
Lady Teia opens on Valentine's Day with a prospect of $20 million to $25 million at the domestic box office during the six-day President's Day period.