Disney’s Marvel Studios and Paramount have both reportedly met with female directors including Amma Asante and S.J Clarkson to discuss bringing them on board to helm their multi-million dollar franchises, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Trek, respectively.
The studios behind big action franchise movies are only just cottoning on to the fact that female directors can not only tell just as perfect a story as male directors but they can also bring the big bucks, and now it has been claimed that Marvel are holding meetings with various women in the industry to tackle a Black Widow standalone movie.
It is thought that Paramount’s top execs have also put out an order to find a female director to take on the fourth Star Trek film, which is being produced by J.J Abrams.
Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom), have all reportedly met with Disney and Marvel bosses, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.
Paramount meanwhile have been speaking to British director S.J. Clarkson, the woman who directed the pilot for Netflix’s acclaimed Marvel-based series Jessica Jones, about Star Trek.
There has never been a female behind the camera in Star Trek’s nearly 40-year history on the big screen, and although Marvel are storming the box office and owning the critical acclaim for their superhero films, there has not been a single female director behind any of the MCU movies in the past ten years.
DC Comics and Warner Bros on the other hand became the first studio to break the mould in 2017 with the release of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman which broke all sorts of records, and remains one of DC Comics biggest superhero adaptations of all time.
Now studios are understanding the power of diversity and representation behind the camera – although Marvel made one PR mistake when they confirmed that their first female-fronted superhero movie Captain Marvel would not be directed by a woman but by direction duo Anna Boden and co-director Ryan Fleck.
Elsewhere though, things are beginning to look up, asLucasFilm recently hired Victoria Mahoneyas the second unit director for the upcoming Star Wars Episode 9; the hiring makes Victoria the first female director and first women of colour to step behind a camera in the franchise’s five decades.
Abrams will direct the ninth movie in the Skywalker saga, after Colin Trevorrow left the project; a second unit director of a film is responsible for shooting supplementary footage stunts and establishing shots.
Ava DuVernay also recently became the first African-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million, while the Sundance London Film Festival line up features seven female filmmakers out of the 12 films in competition.
The festival will open with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, and will close with the UK premiere of Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s follow-up to Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Also appearing across the weekend will be Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, the winner of the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at this year’s Sundance and starring Chloe Moretz, as well as Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen, a film focused on female skateboarders, Generation Wealth, directed by Lauren Greenfield, Half The Picture by Amy Adrion, and Agustine Frizzell’s Never Goin’ Back.