Date: 13th July 2018
It has been announced that the Black Widow standalone movie will be directed by Cate Shortland. Shortland, an Australian director known for the Nazi drama Lore, has signed on to direct the Marvel project that will star Scarlett Johansson.
Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for the Black Widow movie, but it's not clear if that screenplay will remain in place.
The project was first announced at the beginning of 2018, after being discussed for years. Though nothing has been confirmed, it is believed that the film will take place before the events of the first Avengers movie.
Marvel Studios reportedly met with over 70 directors for the Black Widow movie before choosing Cate Shortland. The director does not have official representation, but it's believed that she was chosen with the help of Scarlett Johansson, who is a big fan and pushed for her to helm the movie.
Source: Press Release