Measurable diversity in the director’s chair continues to stagnate, and it’s not COVID’s fault.
A year ago, it emerged that we might be living in a post-COVID world now, once-usual certainties again certain, including movie production schedules and release dates. This particular future is still nebulous before us, as is the diverse utopia that Hollywood studio cinema is still far from becoming, despite new initiatives introduced over the previous decade to address this intractable “problem”.
Audiences are often quick to pounce on the Academy when its nominees lack diversity, but voting membership at the Oscars is limited mostly to studio production, where measurable diversity in the director’s chair has stagnated year after year. after year. And on the horizon of 2024, it seems that not much is likely to change.
Of the roughly 290 studio movies on the schedule through 2024, so far only 25 are or will be made by people of color. That’s just over eight percent, even though people of color as a group make up half of the US population.
There’s still plenty of room for growth on this list, especially as the 2022 festival season continues throughout the year, delivering out-of-the-box features for smart studios looking for new talent. There are also a handful of currently untitled films on the 2024 schedule – usually films that are planned, but haven’t been wrapped yet – so it’s possible the picture of 2024 will change as directors are chosen for each.
Here’s the list of major studio movies made by filmmakers of color slated for release for the rest of 2022, in 2023 and 2024. We’ll update as new movies are added (and sometimes dropped) to various lists. At the time of this writing, there are 25 films directed or co-directed by filmmakers of color as studio releases. Unless otherwise stated, release dates refer to traditional theatrical distribution. Updated March 10, 2022.
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” directed by Steven Caple Jr., June 9, 2023
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“The Woman King”, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, September 16, 2022
“Umma”, directed by Iris K. Skim, March 18, 2022
Untitled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Sequel, co-directed by Kemp Powers (with Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson), October 7, 2022
“I want to dance with someone”, directed by Kasi Lemmons, December 21, 2022
Untitled George Foreman Biopic, directed by George Tillman Jr., April 7, 2023
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“Fire Island,” directed by Andrew Ahn, TBD 2022 (Hulu only)
“Flamin’ Hot”, directed by Eva Longoria, TBD 2023
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“No”, directed by Jordan Peele, July 22, 2022
“Easter Sunday”, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, August 5, 2022
“Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul”, directed by Adamma Ebo, September 2, 2022 (also streaming on Peacock)
“Knock at the Cabin”, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, February 3, 2023
Part 1 of the untitled tenth film “Fast and Furious”, directed by Justin Lin, May 19, 2023
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“Turning Red,” directed by Domee She, March 11, 2022 (Disney+ only)
“Thor: Love and Thunder”, directed by Taika Waititi, July 8, 2022
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, directed by Ryan Coogler, November 11, 2022
“The Marvels”, directed by Nia DaCosta, February 17, 2023
“Black Adam”, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, October 21, 2022
“The Flash”, directed by Andy Muschietti, November 4, 2022
“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, directed by James Wan, December 16, 2022
“Last Train to New York”, directed by Timo Tjahjanto, April 21, 2023
“Blue Beetle”, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, August 18, 2023
“The Color Purple”, directed by Blitz Bazawule, December 20, 2023
“The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim”, directed by Kenji Kamiyama, April 12, 2024
“Batgirl”, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, to be determined