Studio Movies Directed by Filmmakers of Color Coming Out in 2021, 2022, 2023, and Beyond
2018 was a watershed moment for diversity in Hollywood.
High-profile studio films directed by filmmakers of color made history: Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a film that grossed over $100 million with “A Wrinkle in Time”; “Crazy Rich Asians” was a huge hit, grossing over $238 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade; and “Black Panther,” the most expensive Marvel movie led by a black superhero, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, shattering the belief that black films don’t sell overseas.The problem lies in the follow-through, an inconsistency problem that has plagued Hollywood for decades.
In 2019, according to IndieWire’s own research, out of the top 100 movies of 2019, the number directed by filmmakers of color fell from 26 percent in 2018 to 18 percent in 2019.
White men still account for over 80 percent of film directors at the studio level (and make up a third of the U.S.
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