Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Indian-American filmmaker Meera Menon have joined the Disney+ team to bring Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero to life on the silver screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Menon and Obaid-Chinoy will each direct episodes of the upcoming Ms Marvel series. The series will reportedly centre around Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen character who first appeared in Marvel comics in 2014. The report quotes Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios stating that besides the series, Kamala Khan will also feature in future Marvel films.
L.A-based Menon’s directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 where she was the recipient of the Nora Ephron Prize, an annual award given to “a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.” She has since directed several episodes of some popular series, including Outlander, Glow, Dirty John and The Punisher.
Karachi-born Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with two Oscars and seven Emmys.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, co-directors of Bad Boys for Life, have been tasked with overseeing the Ms Marvel series. The chums from film school successfully revived the Bad Boys franchise, which grossed over $400 million worldwide, before the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of cinemas.
The duo are also are also attached to direct Beverly Hills Cop 4, the latest installment in the blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop franchise which will see Eddie Murphy reprise his role as everybody’s favourite foul-mouthed, fast-talking supercop Axel Foley.