By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood August 5, 2014 at 12:29PM
Dear Amy Pascal,
I read the exciting news yesterday that your studio, Sony, will be making a female superhero movie set in the Spider-Man universe. This is great news for those of us who have been clamoring for a movie with a superheroine at the center for years, knowing in our hearts that it'd kill at the box office. (If you have any doubts, check the grosses for Lucy, Divergent, Maleficent, The Hunger Games, etc.)
While Marvel head Kevin Feige kicked the can down the road once more on a superheroine movie -- he really wants to do one, he says, just not right now -- you and your team are already there. With the announcement of a female superhero movie, you've declared that a woman can lead a tentpole. (Which, again, we already knew).
And we're all behind you.
There's just one thing. You have to hire a woman to direct it. It's great that Lisa Joy will write the screenplay, but the time has come for a woman to helm a tentpole superhero movie. Last year in an interview with Forbes, you discussed how "the whole [studio] system is geared for [women directors] to fail" and how you begged Kathryn Bigelow to direct a superhero movie.
Well, as talented and amazing is Ms. Bigelow is, she's not the only woman director able to helm an action tentpole.
So here's your opportunity to be a voice for change: HIRE A WOMAN. There are already dozens of mid-career female filmmakers out there ready to take that next step -- and earn a lot money for you. If necessary, I will even make you a list.
In the meantime, please consider being the superheroine we all want to see in real life.