As previously reported, the Netflix original, which stars Oscar winner Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor, last month was revealed by the streaming giant as one of the top 10 most popular Netflix films ever – making Prince-Bythewood the first Black female director on the list.
The Old Guard, adapted from the comic book series by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, centers on a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered. Netflix revealed July 17 that the film was on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks.
A co-production of Netflix and Skydance, it’s also critically acclaimed, garnering an 81 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights) became the first Black woman to direct a Hollywood comic-book-themed movie with The Old Guard. Plus, Terilyn A. Shropshire (Eve’s Bayou), who has collaborated with the helmer since 2000’s Love & Basketball, became the first Black woman to edit one. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.