And what’s a good job in movies?
Here’s an example. Before the “Fast and Furious” franchise broke through to big audiences and the mainstream (it opened to around $1 billion worldwide in 2008), it was more or less a niche industry. There were about 40 films released from 2000-2007, and it was a very male-dominated business. That was probably why many male producers were afraid that “Fast and Furious” would have “a boy problem.” I’m glad I was a part of that movie because the next decade was filled with movies starring girls and women and all kinds of stuff: “Tangled,” “Despicable Me,” “Maleficent.” At that, they were very successful, so their male counterparts in the business started looking for more female-friendly films, looking for films that don’t have big male characters running around.
What I find is that more than 90 percent of the male directors who make films, the guys who make these films tend to be very, very successful. That’s not surprising; the guys are going to be the top producers. At the same time, it’s amazing what it takes to get a lot of women and girls to watch a genre and to care about something and want to make a film out of it. I think that’s why people love “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7,” and “The Avengers” even though the female characters are less powerful and in less prominent roles than the male characters.
I like looking back, saying, “Wow, that was quite a long time ago.”
“When there’s a male director, then there will be a girl that plays it on the screen.”
What do you look for when working with filmmakers who want to do an R-rated film or a PG-13 film?
I’m interested in the director’s intentions. If I think a story is interesting, why wouldn’t I just go to their website? But one of the things I look for is how they feel about what it is they’re making. I’m interested in them if they’re trying to figure out how to make a certain kind of film. If there’s a male director, then there’ll be a girl that plays it on the screen. There’s just a little girl thing when it comes to “Fast and Furious,” right? There’s a little girl thing going on. Because we know the franchise now, we all know that little girl’s name is Maria Hill from Disney’s
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