Marc Guggenheim is set to pen the script to yet another of Sony’s Marvel Spider-Man spin-offs focusing on the character Jackpot.
In an exclusive report by Deadline, it was announced that former Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim is writing a screenplay for a live-action Jackpot movie for Sony Pictures. The movie is set to be part of their Marvel universe/Spider-verse – or as the studio officially dubbed it: Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC).
This news came not long after veteran British television director, S.J. Clarkson, was announced to direct a separate female-led live-action film – possibly centered on Madame Web – also set within the SPUMC franchise.
Jackpot possesses remarkable superhuman strength, stamina and some amount of invulnerability to injury. Originally created by writer Dan Slott and artist Phil Jimenez, there are two characters that share this identity: Sara Ehret and Alana Jobson.
Sara Ehret, who first appeared in a Free Comic Book Day issue of the comic Spider-Man: Swing Shift in May 2007, was a scientist working at a subsidiary of Oscorp called Phelcorp. She was working on an experimental technique to cure Parkinson’s disease using gene therapy.
Ehret, who had been pregnant at the time, was accidentally exposed to a virus named “Lot 777”, which rewrote her DNA within her cells and left her in a coma for 4 months. Once she came out of her coma and made a recovery, she gave birth and discovered her new abilities whilst saving her family.
Alana Jobson, who made her first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man No.546, became the second Jackpot after Ehret grew weary of her life as a crime-fighter. After she was tragically killed in action while teaming up with Spider-Man to take on Menace, Ehret once again took over the Jackpot persona.
Guggenheim, an accomplished screenwriter, TV producer, novelist and comic book writer, is credited with writing for the titles Aquaman, Amazing Spider-Man and Superman/Batman. He served as co-executive producer throughout Arrow‘s eight-season run, stepping down from the role for one season before returning for the final season.
Aside from the Arrowverse, his credits on film and TV include Law & Order, Jack & Bobby, CSI: Miami, Green Lantern and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
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