EXCLUSIVE: As the fight for parity and 50/50 representation wages on, Deadline is continuing to take a deep dive into how the major studios are stacking up when it comes to how many female directors are being hired. Sony is in the spotlight this week.
As of right now, the studio’s 2018 film release slate does not include any female directed features. However, the company has so far announced six female-helmed films in the works including one in the can and another that will go before cameras later this year. It’s worth noting that out these six projects, five of them have female fronted storylines, with the exception being the Tom Hanks-led Mister Rogers biopic. The studio’s upcoming lineup includes a female toplined Spider-Man spinoff, a Charlie’s Angels reboot, and a live-action Barbie adaption.
Here’s what Sony currently has percolating:
In the can:
Catherine Hardwicke is currently in post-production on her film, Miss Bala, the Gina Rodriguez-starring remake of Mexico’s 2011 entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It follows Gloria Meyer who, after her friend Suzu goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss. Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz are producing the pic, due out January 25, 2019.
Shooting this year:
Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller is set to direct Tom Hanks in You Are My Friend, a biopic of iconic Mister Rogers Neighborhood creator Fred Rodgers. Production is said to begin in the Fall with Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach producing along with Youree Henley. You Are My Friend was inspired by the real-life friendship between Rogers and a cynical journalist Tom Junod, who begrudgingly accepted an assignment to write a profile piece but finds his perspective on life transformed during the process. The pic was developed by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
The Culver City-based studio is in development on the Michelle MacLaren-directed feature adaptation of The Nightingale, based on the Kristin Hannah’s bestselling novel about two sisters living in France at the beginning of World War II. Ann Peacock is on script duty and Elizabeth Cantillon will produce the project, which was previously set for release January 25, 2019.
Also in the pipeline is the comic book flick Silver and Black, which has Love & Basketball helmer Gina Prince Bythewood on board to direct from a screenplay by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The film follows the mercenary war criminal hunter, Silver Sable and the burglar-turned-street-hero Black Cat. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the film, which is slated to open Feb. 8, 2019.
Charlie’s Angels is making a comeback with Elizabeth Banks at the helm. This comes 18 years after the first Charlie Angels film bowed in 2000 and was followed up with a sequel released in 2003, both of which were directed by McG. Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks for lead role in the film franchise that was originally led by Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. Based on the original 1976-1981 television series, the premise follows a crime-fighting trio working at a private detective agency for the mysterious, unseen Charlie Townsend. Banks will produce under her Brownstone Productions banner with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman. Doug Belgrad is also producing. Sony has dated the pic’s release for The film is slated for release June 7, 2019.
Alethea Jones is attached to helm the first big-screen live-action Barbie adaptation with Anne Hathaway starring as a character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough. She then goes on an adventure in the real world, and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. Olivia Milch wrote with the screenplay that husband/wife team of Walter Parkes and Lori MacDonald, along Pascal, are producing. This one won’t be out for awhile as Sony has pinned its release date for May 8, 2020.