Man, Star Wars is just everywhere, isn’t it? And we couldn’t be happier…
But while we’re all pacing the floor waiting for the Force Awakens – a week and a half! – you can bet that Lucasfilm/Disney are looking towards the future of the franchise.
And we’re getting reports that we could be on the precipice of a Star Wars first… a female director!
The movies and greater saga story has numerous strong females – Leia, Ashoka, Padme, Rey, Asajj – however the movies have all been written and directed by men; but now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that after a two-day summit held by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, Agent Adriana Alberghetti has lined up meeting with Lucasfilm and Disney for four female directors and three female writers: “While none off the women are named in the piece, Alberghetti represents such high profile directors as Sarah Gavron (Suffragette) and S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones”) as well as prolific screenwriters like Linda Woolverton (Maleficent) and Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).”
We here at FTN know that Lucasfilm/Disney have many strong women driving star Wars right now: Director of Creative Content Strategy Carrie Beck, Senior Vice President of Development Kiri Hart and company President Kathleen Kennedy to name a few, so we don’t think there’s an agenda of not putting ladies behind the lens – Lucas’ own daughter Katie wrote on Star Wars: The Clone Wars – so we hope that, no matter gender, race or anything else, it just boils down to the best man or woman for the job.
That all said, we’re longtime fans of Marti Noxon and her name attached to Star Wars does have a lot of appeal for us personally.
However, Kathleen Kennedy at the summit did say: “I had not had one single phone call from a woman telling me that she really, really wants to direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie. They need to be the ones picking up the phone and saying, ‘Hey, let me tell you what ‘Star Wars’ means to me and how much I could do with it.’”
One thing we do know is that Star Wars is all booked up for the next for years so if a female is to take the reigns, it won’t be until at least 2019, and you know we’ll keep you posted.