Could ‘Star Wars’ Be Getting Its First Female Director Soon?

Meetings With Female Directors and Writers Already Taking Place…

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The Los Angeles Times has reported that forty-four leaders in the entertainment industry convened at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on October 14-15  to discuss the lack of women in front of and behind the camera especially as writers and directors. The result could have interesting creative implications for a future Star Wars films.  This meeting came on the heels of a federal probe into potential gender discrimination within Hollywood’s movie industry.

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Organized by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, the group included execs from such heavy hitters as HBO, Marvel, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Dreamworks Animation. The major agencies were represented by United Talent Agency (UTA), William Morris Endeavor (WME) and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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Progress was made in the form of agreements to create training programs to raise awareness and programs to pair early and mid-career female directors with industry advocates. Adriana Alberghetti, partner at WME and agent to some top-tier female talent, followed up in a big way by…

…procuring meetings for four female directors and three female writers on upcoming “Star Wars” films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens L to R: Director J.J. Abrams on set w/ John Boyega (Finn). Ph: David James ©Lucasfilm 2015

I’d say it’s a certainty that Star Wars will have it’s first female director soon. In a article from Variety earlier this year, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy stated…

“There’s nothing we’d like more than to find a female director for ‘Star Wars’,” she said. “There is an assumption made that the people involved should predominantly be men. There are women who are ‘Star Wars’ fans. That’s what’s so insane.”

Read more at LA Times. Who do you think would be the perfect female director for Star Wars?

 

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