15% in 2020?!: Female Directors Show No Gains on This Year’s Studio Release Slates

Women are directing 15 of this year’s studio releases — the same as 2019 — though they are directing more big-budget tentpoles

Despite widespread attention on gender disparity in commercial filmmaking, the six biggest Hollywood studios are set to release just 15 films directed or co-directed by women in 2020 — the same number as last year, according to an analysis by TheWrap.

While the raw number is the same, one big change is what kind of films women are getting the chance to direct. While Disney was the only studio last year to have women direct major tentpoles like “Captain Marvel” and “Frozen II,” this year Disney and Warner Bros. have five big-budget franchise films directed by women: Niki Caro’s “Mulan,” Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow” and Chloe Zhao’s “Eternals” for Disney; and Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey” and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” for Warner Bros.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster

Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk

Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev