Prince-Bythewood’s OLD GUARD Boasts Women in Post-production – Brandy McDonnell reports

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After breaking viewership records on Netflix, Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s action movie The Old Guard also is gaining attention for boasting a post-production team comprised of about 85% women.

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.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for