The trade says that Marvel Studios met with over 70 directors over the course of half a year to find Shortland. A female director was a priority to the studio and Johansson reportedly pushed for Shortland to get the job.
Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for the Black Widow movie. She also wrote the upcoming remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, titled Nasty Women.
The trade says that the movie is reportedly set before the events of the first Avengers movie.