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Hollywood movies directed by filmmakers of color in 2021, 2022, 2023

From “The Eternals” to the untitled Jordan Peele, here’s a look at how Hollywood is responding to pressure to diversify the director’s chair.

2018 was a watershed moment for diversity in Hollywood. High-profile studio films directed by filmmakers of color have 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 massive 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 tracking, a problem of inconsistency that has plagued Hollywood for decades. In 2019, according to IndieWire’s own research, of the top 100 movies of 2019, the number directed by filmmakers of color fell from 26% in 2018 to 18% in 2019. White men still make up more than 80% of directors at the studio (and represent a third of the American population).

Of the 1,200 highest-grossing films of the past decade, 96% were directed by men, according to a 2019 report by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Ultimately, this reflects the lack of diversity among Hollywood studio leadership positions and lasting change is unlikely until institutions work to ensure that senior leadership positions reflect the country’s diversity. .

Hollywood gets a 2020 year pass. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the entire industry for much of the year, derailing production schedules and pushing back release dates as more and more films were shown at home. Now, as vaccinations proliferate, restrictions lift, and audiences return to theaters, we’ll see how the pandemic has affected the business and its future. The industry will remain under enormous pressure to amplify the voices of filmmakers of color.

“In the Heights”

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Looking ahead, IndieWire took a first look at the racial and ethnic diversity among directors at the studio level. At the time of this writing, this image does not suggest marked improvement.

Companies will continue to change release dates, acquire festival titles, announce new projects and replace directors. Taika Waititi’s Searchlight track “Next Goal Wins” ended in post-production in January 2020 and has no release date. Antoine Fuqua’s “Infinity” was originally slated for theatrical release from Paramount Pictures; now it will premiere in June on Paramount+.

Hollywood studios’ release schedules through 2022 are filled with films originally scheduled for release in 2020. “Eternals”, directed by Chloe Zhao, originally scheduled for November 6, 2020, is now scheduled for November 5, 2021; “In the Heights,” directed by Jon M. Chu, which was scheduled to be released on June 26, 2020, has been moved to June 11, 2021.

Here’s the list of studio movies made by filmmakers of color slated for release in the rest of 2021, in 2022, 2023, and beyond. Following each title is the name of the director and the release date of the film.

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Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in “No Time to Die”

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Destin Daniel Cretton, September 3, 2021
“Eternals”, directed by Chloé Zhao, November 5, 2021
“Nightmare Alley”, Guillermo del Toro, December 3, 2021
“Becoming Red”, Domee Shi, March 11, 2022
“Thor: Love and Thunder”, Taika Waititi, May 6, 2022
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, Ryan Coogler, July 8, 2022
“The Wonders”, Nia DaCosta, November 11, 2022


“Respect”, Liesl Tommy, August 13, 2021
“No time to die”, Cary Fukunaga, October 8, 2021
“Legally Blonde 3”, directed by Jamie Suk, May 22, 2022
“Creed III”, Michael B. Jordan, November 23, 2022


“Infinite”, directed by Antoine Fuqua, June 2021 (date to be determined)


“Nine Days,” Edson Oda, July 30, 2021
“Don’t Breathe 2”, Rodo Sayagues, August 13, 2021
“A Diary for Jordan,” Denzel Washington, December 10, 2021
“Untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel”, co-directs Kemp Powers (with Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson), October 7, 2022


“Blue Bayou”, Justin Chon, June 25, 2021
“Fast & Furious 9”, Justin Lin, June 25, 2021
“The Eternal Purge”, Everardo Gout, July 2, 2021
“Old”, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, July 23, 2021
“Candyman”, Nia DaCosta, August 27, 2021
“Fast & Furious 10”, Justin Lin, April 2, 2022
“Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Movie”, Jordan Peele, July 22, 2022

Warner Bros.

“In the Heights”, Jon M. Chu, June 11, 2021
“Space Jam 2”, Malcolm D. Lee, July 16, 2021
“Reminiscence,” Lisa Joy, August 20, 2021
“Clever”, James Wan, September 10, 2021
“King Richard”, Reinaldo Marcus Green, November 19, 2021
“Aquaman 2”, directed by James Wan, December 16, 2022
“The Color Violet”, Blitz Bazawule, December 20, 2023

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