Moon Knight: Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Diab to Helm MCU Series
According to Deadline, Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab has signed on to direct Disney+’s highly-anticipated MCU series Moon Knight, which will be written by a team led by The Umbrella Academy co-creator Jeremy Slater. This news comes after it was revealed that Golden Globe winner and Marvel alum Oscar Isaac is currently in negotiations for the titular eccentric hero.
This project marks Diab’s first major project in America after being known for his directorial works in acclaimed Egyptian films such as 2010’s political thriller Cairo 678 and 2016’s drama film Clash.
The news comes as the streaming platform has been speeding up development on its Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk series with the castings of Iman Vellani and Tatiana Maslany, respectively, in the titular roles. The Moon Knight series, which is being written and developed by The Umbrella Academy‘s Jeremy Slater, was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows for Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut who are also expected to be featured in future MCU films.
Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975 for “Werewolf by Night” #32, Moon Knight is the alter ego of Marc Spector, a Jewish-American rabbi’s son who grew up to become a heavyweight boxer and then a U.S. Marine.
Spector, a mercenary who has numerous alter egos such as cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire playboy Steven Grant, in order to better fight the criminal underworld. But later he was established as being a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu after being left for dead on a mission in Egypt. Most recently, he was a consultant who dresses in all-white and goes by the name Mr. Knight.
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