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Kathryn Bigelow Was Offered New Spiderman Directing Gig

by Melissa Silverstein
February 24, 2011 4:07 AM
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In a piece in the LA Times about The King's Speech Tom Hooper's next gig, I learned something very interesting -- that Kathryn Bigelow turned down the Spiderman reboot now to be directed by Marc Webb. The folks at The Playlist had this back last year, but I completely missed it.

She turned down the movie to work on Triple Frontier which will go in front of the cameras later this spring, and for the pilot she did for HBO that did not get picked up, as well as another indie written by Mark Boal.

While it seems that Spiderman is not her cup of tea at all based on her body of work, it makes one wonder how cool it would have been to have a woman at the helm of film that will cost over $100 million dollars. It clearly would have changed the conversation again about what women were capable of directing because Spiderman is critic proof. The film will make a ton of money just because it is Spiderman. But she is probably being offered tons of jobs right now that no one knows about because she is now in the top tier of directors due to her Oscar win.

Kudos to Amy Pascal for putting out the offer to Bigelow. It just makes me wonder when -- and if -- a woman will get a chance at the superhero type of movie again.

Look for Bigelow giving out the best director award this Sunday at the Oscars. I just want her to get back to work so we can see what's next from her.

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  • Dina | February 27, 2011 8:12 AMReply

    Really one woman in the history of the world got the chance to direct a big budget suprehero movie. Wow that's progress! I think the point is that men are getting the chance to direct a franchise after making a short or a few car commercials. Kathryn Bigelow was offered Spiderman after receiving two academy awards for best picture and best director. Let's say the bar is slightly different for women than men. Kathyrn may have been interested in this type of gig in her younger years, but she's already directed a 90 million dollar film, has a few academy awards and 25 years of experience, so why would she direct Spiderman at this stage of her career. It would be nice if they offered a job like this to Pierce or Hardwick.

  • Zombounet | February 26, 2011 12:59 AMReply

    Lexi Alexander, a woman, directed punisher:war zone. So a woman already had a chance at directing a superhero movie. not being mean or anything mate, but your research is lacking.

    I do hope more women would be given the chance to direct more big budget movies in general.

  • AntoBlueberry | February 25, 2011 10:04 AMReply

    Spider-Man is probably not her cup of tea now, but years ago she was developing an X-Men movie to be produced by then husband James Cameron (circa 1990) who was trying instead to do a flick on the wall crawler.

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