2017 has been an incredible year for female directors. Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is the highest grossing domestic superhero movie of the year and one of the highest-reviewed superhero movies of all time. Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival for her work on The Beguiled. And Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is already generating Oscar buzz. The unfortunate side of these recent achievements is that it didn’t happen much sooner; women have traditionally not been offered the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major Hollywood projects. While the successes of Jenkins, Coopola and Bigelow are promising, it is clear that more needs to be done to provide equal opportunities for women in filmmaking.
It’s been an amazing summer for Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine. Wonder Woman, which was directed by Jenkins and featured Pine as Steve Trevor, became one of the highest critically rated superhero movies of all time and the highest grossing entry in the DC superhero extended universe by a long shot. Early rumors suggest that both Jenkins and Pine will return to collaborate on 2019’s Wonder Woman 2; but today’s breaking news means that they will now be working together much sooner than we could have expected! read more
In the entertainment industry, it seems that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same! In the same summer where Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing live action film to be directed by a woman and Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival, The Washington Post just reported that the writers room for the upcoming season of Fox’s The X-Files consists entirely of male writers.
This isn’t the first time that the show has been associated with gender inequity. When The X-Files first returned to the airwaves in 2016, Gillian Anderson revealed that she had initially been offered half of what her male co-star, David Duchovny was offered to return to the series. Fortunately, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately earned equal pay for the event series after concluding negotiations. read more
Patty Jenkins, the critically-acclaimed director of Monster and Wonder Woman is attached to an upcoming horror project for AMC’s horror/thriller/suspense streaming service, Shudder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins will work on a project entitled Riprore.
This announcement comes with the incredible news surrounding the critical success and financial performance of Wonder Woman. The film is currently the third highest critically rated superhero film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. It also dominated the box office this weekend, quickly becoming the highest grossing movie opening ever directed by a woman. Better yet, recent returns show the film will have legs at the multiplex… it earned nearly $12 million on Monday alone. To put that into perspective, Doctor Strange (another origin film for a superhero character) earned about $6 million on it’s first Monday at the box office, and just a couple of weeks ago Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 earned $9.8 million on it’s first Monday. This kind of critical and financial performance will undoubtedly make Jenkins one of the most in-demand directors working in Hollywood… which makes it all the more exciting that she will be returning to the kind of dark content she is known for with 2003’s Monster! read more
Sofia Coppola is officially the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded this prestigious honor on Sunday for The Beguiled, a dark thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell. The film is being described as her most feminist work to date.
Starting off as an actress in various small roles in her father, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series, Sofia Coppola first entered the world of directing in 1996. Her debut full length film, 1999’s The Virgin Suicides earned tremendous critical acclaim; and 2003’s Lost in Translation delivered one of Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s best performances of their respective careers. read more