Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Bird Box” has set a record in its debut, and with the Netflix original film boasting both a woman director and a female lead, it’s more evidence that the streaming service is destined and determined to shake up the film industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ and Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

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Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Eric Heisserer spent more than a decade trying to get Ted Chiang’s award-winning 1998 sci-fi novella “Story of Your Life” made into a movie. Last year, under the direction of “Sicario’s” Denis Villeneuve, his dream finally arrived in theaters as “Arrival.” But the Oscar-nominated screenwriter says he could have seen it hit theaters much sooner if he was willing to make one major change: Turning the lead into a man instead of a woman.

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