When It Comes To Directing Hollywood Summer Movies, It’s Good To Be A White Guy
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When It Comes To Directing Hollywood Summer Movies, It’s Good To Be A White Guy


So following

right on the heels of Tambay’s piece about black inequality in films today (below)

came this report this morning in The Wrap (HERE) that states that, out of the 39 major

summer releases scheduled to be released between May and August, over 90% were directed or co-directed

by white men.

The exceptions that were made by black directors were: Think Like Man Too by Tim Story coming

out in June, and the high school football movie, When the Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter, which I admittedly had never heard of before, coming

out in late August.

The other

exceptions were Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which was co directed by Latino

American director Robert Rodriquez

and Frank Miller, and Jupiter Ascending, which was directed by

the brother and sister team of Andy

and Lana Wachowski – the only woman on the list.

However, the Wrap

list does not include Belle, which Fox Searchlight is releasing this May, which

was, of course, directed by a black woman, Amma

Sante. But as the article says, “major studios are not giving minorities —

let alone women, a majority of the population — many chances to make the big

budgeted movies they obsess over.

But then

again, what is new about this? They could have said the same thing last summer as

well, and the summer before that, and the summer before that, and so on. Question

is, what can be done about it?

And to play devil’s advocate here for a second, let’s ask, whose fault it is really? Do we need

yet another black rom-com directed by another black director? Black directors have to expand their horizons,

even starting small if necessary, doing

smaller budgeted sci-fi movies, before moving up to the bigger stuff. Did Tim Story really have to do another Think

Like A Man film? No matter how you feel about them, don’t forget he has directed

two Fantastic Four movies. Why didn’t

he do something else, completely different, and let some young promising black director

(male or female) looking for a big break direct Think Like A Man Too while he produced it?

But then

again, on the other hand, Captain America: The Winter Solider

was directed by Anthony and Joe

Russo, who were most known for creating the cult favorite TV sit-com Arrested Development, and who had absolutely

nothing on their resume to even suggest that they were the right persons to

direct the film.

Yet Marvel was

secure enough with them to entrust such a huge $170 million budget movie in

their hands. And it turned out pretty well for them, justifying their decision. But there wasn’t a black director who could

have been picked for the job? Who would you have picked?

And to ask yet

another question, is it because of racism or because too few black directors are

still behind the eight ball, learning how to “play the game in Hollywood”? And

is that because the powers that be don’t want them, don’t know them, or is it that they keep

changing the rules to their advantage?

So many

questions, so little time. If you think I have the answers, you’re sadly

mistaken. So please weigh in and tell us what you think.

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