It’s 2016, about to be 2017. We live in a new world of opportunities opening up to a wider variety of creative people ready to tackle the beast. Unless you’re a woman, according to LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. Wait…say what?
In a recent interview with Variety, Kennedy claims that it’s not easy finding female directors with enough experience to helm a film as epic and Star Wars. “We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do Star Wars, they’re set up for success,” says Kennedy. “They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience.”
Right. Because on no uncertain terms has a male director ever had all the experience needed to tackle a Star Wars movie. Oh wait…. George Lucas, Irvin Kirshner, and Richard Marquand were exactly those filmmakers who didn’t have the experience required to create a flick as epic as Star Wars. None of them had directed a big-budget blockbuster before, and look how it worked out for them! Rian Johnson has only one sci-fi action flick under his belt, and that was Looper. Hardly a movie that can be set on par with the likes of Star Wars. Unless handling an actor as difficult as Bruce Willis is said to be gives you extra points or something.
Colin Trevorrow made the indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed before directing Jurassic World. Gareth Edwards’ last film before helming the Godzilla reboot was the low-budget horror drama, Monster. James Gunn‘s biggest budget film before landing Guardians of the Galaxy was horror-comedy Slither, which cost $15 million. It didn’t even make it’s money back when it came out to theaters! David Yates and Christopher Nolan only had experience directing realistic television dramas before going on to tackle the Harry Potter movie franchise and three Batman films respectively. The Russo Brothers were best known for You, Me and Dupree and three episodes of NBC’s Community before directing the last two Captain America movies. Wanna know what movies Gore Verbinski directed before doing the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy? The Ring, The Mexican, and Mousehunt….
Kennedy goes on to say in an interview with Women and Hollywood, “We want to really start to focus in on people we would love to work with and see what kinds of things they’re doing to progress up that ladder now, and then pull them in when the time is right.” In other words, they might be aware of all the female directors out there now, but none of whom they would LIKE to work with right now because they feel they aren’t ready yet.
So I guess no one has pointed her towards the following badass ladies:
- Ava DuVernay (Selma AND Black Panther)
- Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, which BEAT James Cameron‘s Avatar at the Oscars)
- Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman)
- Lexi Alexander (Punisher War Zone)
- Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who)
- Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch)
- Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe)
- Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
- Karyn Kusama (The Invitation)
- Julie Taymor (Titus)
- Michelle McLaren (Game of Thrones, Westworld)
Just to name a few.
Look, I know Star Wars is a high-stakes game. It’s a franchise that comes with a very dedicated and rabid fanbase. There’s no room to fail. It’s understandable to have extremely high standards when it comes to hiring directors, but there seems to be unequal footing for female directors when it comes to said standards. It’s almost as though we’re expecting much more from female directors, even ones who have proven themselves in the industry. See above.
I can’t imagine some women directors not wanting to break out into studio systems despite their overall image of being more fiercely independent than their male counterparts. A lady wants to be heard once in a while too, y’know? So why stifle their creativity when YOU KNOW they can churn out some pretty awesome (and often deep) eye candy.
An industry without diversity remains stagnant. Do you want the movies to become stagnant (arguably more than it already has)? No. So hire some women, Kathleen!
Source: Crave Online