Oscar winner Chloe Zhao on making Marvel’s Eternals: ‘It has been such an amazing experience working with Marvel’
Chloe Zhao, who swept through the top categories at the 93rd Academy Awards, winning Best Picture and Best Director, is now focused on her next project, Marvel’s Eternals. After making history with her win, she is set to release her big budget project later this year.
Eternals is a multi-star that is said to explore titular alien immortals who have stood against deviants like Thanos (at least in the comics) for millions of years. The movie is written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, stars a dream ensemble with names like Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington.
The film has Eternals coming together to protect Earth from deviants.
Speaking to Variety, the Oscar-winning filmmaker recently opened up about her experience directing an MCU movie. She said: “It has been an amazing experience working with the Marvel team. I want to be careful saying “my vision” even though I want people to know that they supported what I wanted to do. I want people to know this. But I also want to make sure they know that I have the backing of this incredibly talented team, some of the most talented artists in the world. And it’s really a village to make this film, but they let me direct.
Zhao also spoke about working with such a huge cast and crew, which must have been a new experience for an independent filmmaker like her, used to much smaller teams.
“Marvel props – from the start they knew how I wanted to make this movie, how I wanted to shoot. There can’t be hundreds of people around. They therefore adapted very well the way of managing the decor as I wanted. I am always surrounded by 25 people. They just have armies, and each of them knew that the army had to be moved away, ”Zhao said.
Eternals releases November 5.
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