Last week the internet was abuzz following word that The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer & director Reed Morano had met with Lucasfilm. The article implied that she had very likely met with Kathleen Kennedy about potentially directing a Star Wars film, which if true, would make Morano the franchise’s first female director.
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Vulture spoke with Morano about her latest film I Think We’re Alone Now and of course that article came up. While Morano did confirm her meeting with Lucasfilm, she says that rumors of her taking a trip to a galaxy far, far away are nothing more than that.
“I can tell you it’s a rumor. I did have a meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, which was great, I’m a huge admirer of hers. But, uh yeah, I don’t know where that rumor came from.”
Now, there’s two things worth noting here. If Morano was indeed directing a Star Wars film, she definitely wouldn’t just come out and tell whoever asked her about it. But if she is indeed being honest about not directing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm? Well, there’s always that live-action Star Wars series that’s in development for Disney’s streaming service.
Following her critically acclaimed work on The Handmaid’s Tale, wouldn’t be completely surprised if Kathleen Kennedy met with her about that series. When there’s smoke, there’s usually some kind of fire. Most of the time at least. Be sure to stay tuned for any further updates and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
10 Women Who Should Direct A ‘Star Wars’ Film
Everybody’s talking about Star Wars right now. Mostly good, but others not so good. Fandom is divided.
Another topic on everybody’s mind is Hollywood’s treatment of women and representation. Natalie Portman made a comment during the 75th Annual Golden Globes ceremony when introducing the Best Director category, pointing out the “all male nominees.” Some found this comment just right given the state of affairs at this year’s Golden Globes speaking out against unbalanced power dynamics between men and women in Hollywood in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals. Others found the comment rude. Whatever your opinions on the subject are it can’t be denied that you don’t see or hear about as many women directing movies, particularly big budget movies or highly sought-after Oscar bait films.
Star Wars is one of the most profitable franchises in the world. It is instantly recognizable and pretty much any Star Wars films are guaranteed to be a hit. Back in 2016, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy drew ire from some critics for saying the studio wanted to bring in a woman to direct Star Wars but wanted to make sure they had experience. However, Lucasfilm hired male directors with a range of experience to semi-seasoned (Phil Lord and Chris Miller) to barely any (Josh Trank) without hesitation and those investments haven’t really paid off. All nine Star Wars films have been directed by men and so will Episode IX and the next few spin-offs that we know about.
We’ve decided to highlight ten talented women directors that have more than enough experience, talent, and creative voice to helm a Star Wars movie, be it a saga film, Rian Johnson’s newly planned trilogy, or a spin-off film. Click Next to get started!