WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Half the Picture’ tells the horror stories female director face, ‘Luke Cage’ gets female helmers for half of Season 2, Christina Hodson tapped to write ‘Batgirl’ movie

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Director Patricia Riggen, right, appears on the set of her 2015 film "The 33." Riggen shares some of her experiences making movies, including "The 33," in the documentary "Half the Picture." Alcon Entertainment photo

Director Patricia Riggen, right, appears on the set of her 2015 film “The 33.” Riggen shares some of her experiences making movies, including “The 33,” in the documentary “Half the Picture.” Alcon Entertainment photo

Filmmaker Amy Adrion puts names, faces and anecdotes with the horrible statistics with her crowd-funded documentary “Half the Picture.”

Adrion’s documentary gives an exhaustive look at the current U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation into discriminatory hiring practices in Hollywood. The film offers firsthand accounts of every kind of gender-based discrimination you could possibly encounter in Hollywood, according to Remezcla.com.

The doc features interviews with a bunch of female filmmakers, including Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) and Patricia Cardoso (“Real Women Have Curves”).

As previously reported, female directors remain woefully underrepresented, with women of color especially left out of the mainstream moviemaking picture. Mexican Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon),

Mexican director Patricia Riggen shares with Adrion how frustrated she was when her debut feature, 2007’s “Under the Same Moon” cost $1.7 million to make and made $23 million at the box office but didn’t lead to many directing offers. Riggen also talked at length with the documentarian about her experience finding her authority undermined on set, especially while making the fact-based drama “The 33,” where she said a white male unit director kept overruling her and setting the schedule for production, until it became an untenable situation that she couldn’t get the producers to acknowledge. It was only when her white male editor spoke up that the producers agreed the unit director’s work going to work – and Riggen was shot reshooting what the sacked unit director had screwed up.

According to Variety, Gravitas Ventures  acquired all U.S. rights to Adrion’s doc in March.

“Only 3% of this year’s film releases by the six major Hollywood studios are directed by women – the lowest percentage in five years,” said Laura Florence, vice president of marketing and sales at Gravitas Ventures. “Worse yet, three of those major studios have only men directing all of their 2018 releases. This issue is such a relevant and timely topic. Gravitas Ventures is excited to be release ‘Half the Picture’ to continue the conversation and to hopefully enact change in our industry.”

“Half the Picture” will be in theaters in June and will be available on VOD and Digital HD on July 10.

Simone Missick, left, and Mike Colter appear in "Luke Cage." Netflix photo

Simone Missick, left, and Mike Colter appear in “Luke Cage.” Netflix photo

‘Luke Cage’ to have female directors for half of Season 2

Another of Marvel’s Netflix series is expanding its slate of female directors.

Half of the episodes of “Luke Cage” Season 2 will be directed by women, according to ScreenRant.com.

The first season of “Luke Cage” brought to Netflix Mike Colter as the titular hero, who gains super strength and unbreakable skin after a sabotaged. Cage became a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem who had to confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

The character was last seen in superhero team-up “The Defenders,” which introduced Luke to his comic book partner Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), as well as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).

According to ScreenRant.com, Season 2 will see Luke back in Harlem to face off against Annabella Sciorra as Rosalie Carbone, the head of the Carbone crime family.

No female directors worked on “Luke Cage” Season 1, but as previously reported, the most recent Marvel Netflix release, “Jessica Jones” Season 2, boasted female directors for all 13 of episodes.

ScreenRant.com reports that Lucy Liu will helm the “Luke Cage” second season premiere episode. She will be joined by Neema Barnette (“Queen Sugar,” “Being Mary Jane”), Millicent Shelton (“Jessica Jones,” “Runaways”), Kasi Lemmons (“Shots Fired”), Steph Green (“The Man in the High Castle”), and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).

“Luke Cage” Season 2 premieres June 22 on Netflix.

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with developing a new film project based on the DC Entertainment heroine "Batgirl" – with a female writer, Christina Hodson. DC Comics image

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with developing a new film project based on the DC Entertainment heroine “Batgirl” – with a female writer, Christina Hodson. DC Comics image

Christina Hodson tapped to write ‘Batgirl’ movie

Two months after Joss Whedon left the “Batgirl” movie project, Warner Bros. is moving ahead with developing a new film project based on the DC Entertainment heroine – with a female writer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christina Hodson — who penned the upcoming “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee,” which is due in theaters Dec. 21 — has been tapped to write a new script featuring Barbra Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon.

The creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Whedon came on to the “Batgirl” project with great pomp and circumstance last year. But by February, Whedon, by his own account, had failed to come up with a story for “Batgirl,” who is second only to Wonder Woman as far as DC’s roster of female characters.

Hodson wrote the 2017 Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable,” which starred Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl, and she has already written the Batgirl character, having helped to develop a feature project based on the all-female crime-fighting group Birds of Prey.

-BAM

 

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