Women in Film: Finally Progress in 2019-2020

Amazon
Late Night
Nisha Ganatra directs Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson in the $13 million Sundance acquisition.

Release date: June 7

Annapurna
Booksmart
Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age romp centers on smart girls who live four years of high school shenanigans in one night.

Release date: May 30

A24
The Farewell
Lulu Wang’s film stars Awkwafina as a woman who returns to China for a wedding staged for the benefit of her grandmother.

Release date: July 12

Disney
Breakthrough
Roxann Dawson helmed this faith and family title for the just-shuttered Fox 2000 label, acquired by Disney in March.

Release date: April 17

Frozen 2
The sequel to the animated juggernaut was co-directed by Jennifer Lee.

Release date: Nov. 22

Mulan
Niki Caro directs a live-action version of the Disney classic starring Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Yifei Liu.

Release date: March 27

MGM
Respect
Liesl Tommy will direct Jennifer Hudson in this sprawling biopic about soul legend Aretha Franklin.

Release date: Aug. 14, 2020

Netflix
The Last Thing He Wanted
As with her Netflix effort “Mudbound,” Dee Rees may get a theatrical run for this adaptation of the Joan Didion novel.

Release date: Fall 2019

Paramount
The Rhythm Section
Reed Morano directs this spy story starring Blake Lively. It’s the first non-Bond espionage pic from producer Barbara Broccoli.

Release date: Nov. 22

Big Gay Jamboree
Alethea Jones directs and Margot Robbie produces this film about a woman who awakens and realizes she’s living in a 1940s musical. Release date: 2020

Sony
Charlie’s Angels
Director Elizabeth Banks offers up a hard-edged take on the TV classic, with stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.

Release date: Nov. 15
Little Women
Greta Gerwig directs a starry ensemble in this reboot of the classic novel.

Release date: Dec. 25

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Marielle Heller steers Tom Hanks as beloved TV host Fred Rogers in this biopic.

Release date: Nov. 22

Focus
Harriet
Kasi Lemmons directs this Harriet Tubman biopic starring Cynthia Erivo. Release date: 2020
Promising Young Woman
This starry ensemble revenge drama is led by Carey Mulligan and directed by Emerald Fennell.

Release date: 2020
Emma
Director Autumn de Wilde reboots Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Release date: 2020

Universal
Little
Tina Gordon directs Regina Hall and Issa Rae in a comedy about a stressed woman who wakes up in her preteen body.

Release date: April 12

A Dog’s Journey
Director Gail Mancuso offers up a sequel of sorts to the feel-good “A Dog’s Purpose.”

Release date: May 17

Abominable
Director Jill Culton reps the animated genre in this film about a magical yeti.

Release date: September 27

Queen & Slim
Esteemed music video director and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Melina Matsoukas delivers a dramatic thriller about a young black couple.

Release date: November 27
The Photograph
Stella Meghie directs a tapestry of love stories set in the present and the past. Release date: 2020

The Turning, directed by Floria Sigismondi

Candyman,” from Nia DeCosta

The Grace Year, from Elizabeth Banks

Warner
The Sun Is Also a Star
Director Ry Russo-Young brings a YA romance. Release date: May 17
The Kitchen
Director Andrea Berloff sends up this anticipated mob wives drama with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish. Release date: Aug. 9
Blinded by the Light
Gurinder Chadha’s tale set to Bruce Springsteen hits is from Warner’s New Line. Release date: Aug. 14

Birds of Prey
Cathy Yan directs Margot Robbie and her baseball bat.

Release date: Feb. 7, 2020
Barbie

Mattel’s doll gets a live-action film, another effort from director Alethea Jones and star Margot Robbie.

Release date: May 8, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984
Patty Jenkins returns with a sequel to the empowering Gal Gadot smash. Release date: June 5, 2020

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