The Star Wars movies have been going since 1979 and we still haven’t had a female director make a movie in the franchise.
We’ve had a female director make episodes of The Mandalorian, Disney Plus’ new Star Wars live-action TV show.
However, we still haven’t seen a Star Wars movie directed by a woman, which is kind of strange given we’re in the year 2020.
Deborah Chow was the first female director ever to direct a live-action Star Wars property with her episodes of The Mandalorian.
She’s now the showrunner on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus.
They seem to like her over as Lucasfilm, and given how well she’s done, I’m not surprised.
Bryce Dallas Howard also directed an episode of The Mandalorian, so it looks like Lucasfilm are starting to look at different directors to helm their new properties.
That’s a good thing, but there are still no female directors in charge of their movies.
There was news that Lucasfilm is trying to get Taika Waititi to direct a Star Wars movie, which is great.
Who should direct the future Star Wars movies?
We’ve also heard that Lucasfilm wants Kevin Feige to direct a film set in the galaxy far far away.
That’s good news too, but I’m a bit more sceptical with that one given Feige’s never directed a movie before
However, it sounds like Kathleen Kennedy – head of Lucasfilm – is looking to bring more female directors on board the Star Wars movie franchise ship.
Yahoo! Entertainment recently reported that BBC reporter Colin Paterson asked Kennedy at the BAFTAS when a female director might make a Star Wars picture.
“When do you think we’ll get a female director of a Star Wars film?” he asked rather cheekily.
“We’ve already got [female directors],” Kennedy replied.
“We’re doing Mandalorian, and we’ve got two or three fantastic women working with Star Wars, and we just brought in Deborah Chow, who’s doing the Obi-Wan [Kenobi] series. We’re cultivating a lot of great talent.”
So, yes. Kennedy pointed to The Mandalorian as evidence that they’re bringing more women into the Star Wars fold.
However, we need rather more than that.
Help us, Kathleen Kennedy. You’re our only hope
There have still been no women mentioned as potential Star Wars movie directors which is strange considering how many great female directors there are out there.
Patty Jenkins, Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig, Katheryn Bigelow, Lyne Ramsay, Chloé Zhao, Jennifer Kent…
These are all women who happen to be great directors, so why are they never in the running.
It’s always the same old names coming up again and again.
Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi (whom I think is great by the way), J.J. Abrams, the Russo Brothers, Rian Johnson (who is also an incredible director)…
It would be nice to know that Lucasfilm is setting the net a bit wider when it comes to choosing their next directors.
What do you think? Would you like to see more women at least be in the conversation when it comes to who should direct the next Star Wars movies?
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