20th Century Fox Announces Slate Of Upcoming Films Featuring Zero Female Directors
In other really awesome news for women in Hollywood, 20th Century Fox announced their upcoming slate of films for 2016 and 2017 at CinemaCon, the annual convention for The National Association of Theater Owners. And, in a twist that feels bad but is somehow expected, none of the movies on offer are directed by women.
20th Century Fox is the giant studio under which smaller distributors like Fox Serachlight and Fox 2000 reside. It’s the studio responsible for the shoot-em-up-blow-em-out superhero movies that are major moneymakers, like the Independence Day sequel and next month’s X-Men: Apocalypse. These are the summer blockbusters that movie studios pump out with the intent of hooking as many viewers as possible, targeted mostly at men, who obviously have a more nuanced understanding of, I don’t know, staging explosions and properly blocking a fight scene.
As Women and Hollywood rightfully notes, women are often excluded from even having the opportunity to try their hands at directing the latest installment of Superman vs Batman vs the Joker vs Catwoman vs A Garbage Can.
The incorrect assumptions span everything from “women don’t go see them,” to “women can’t be trusted with special effects” and even outright sexism contributes to the fact that women aren’t offered big budget, studio jobs. Male festival darlings or up-and-coming young men are offered giant, blockbuster films before women who are far more experienced have a chance to enter the room.
Out of all the films on Fox’s upcoming slate, a few are women-centric and all of them are directed by men. Out of all the films listed, the most curious director-movie pairing is that of Ted Melfi, a white man with the upcoming Hidden Gems, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae and tells the story of the black women of NASA. Were women not available? Were women not asked? Regardless, cool move, Hollywood! Equality for all, indeed.