News of the Tomb Raider reboot, which comes on the heels of the reboot of the video game franchise has been slow in coming. It appears as if the movie is being fast tracked. Reportedly the screenplay has been written by Evan Daugherty, who also wrote Divergent and Snow White and the Huntsman, and is out to directors. Reports indicate that the studio is looking for a female director, which is a positive step and good news for this female-driven film.
There is no word on who might direct the film, but there are multiple contenders in the works. The news comes on the heel of a report that less than 20% of movies and tv shows are directed by women.The numbers are particularly disturbing when realizing that many of the men are repeat offenders while few of the women direct more that one or two movies or tv episodes in a year. While this is not news to industry insiders, particularly women, who often find that is is difficult for studios to give them a chance. Studio executives often seem to have trouble assigning a woman director to a movie or tv show if they have had a bad experience with a female directed movie in the past.
Having such a high-profile film directed by a woman may help to pave the way for future and current aspiring female directors so that someday their gender may not be a factor in the hiring process.
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