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Lake Bell Says Directing Studio Movies Is “Just Not As Sexy As Making What You Want With The People You Want”

Lake Bell Says Directing Studio Movies Is "Just Not As Sexy As Making What You Want With The People You Want"

Late last week, and over the weekend, “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow became the center of a mini storm of controversy when, on the subject of the lack of female directors operating in the tentpole space, he tweeted: “Many of the top female directors in our industry are not interested in doing a piece of studio business for its own sake. These filmmakers have clear voices and stories to tell that don’t necessarily involve superheroes or spaceships or dinosaurs.” He later expanded on his thoughts, acknowledging his awareness of the problem, and what it means for how he operates in the business (read it here in full). However, comments from Lake Bell, director of “In A World…” and the upcoming “The Emperor’s Children,” provide an example to Trevorrow’s thesis that some women aren’t interested in blockbuster pictures. 

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“If I campaign to direct some humongous studio picture, it will take me years, and that takes away from the five other projects I want to write and direct and make with my friends,” the writer/director/actress told More. “To me, it’s just not as sexy as making what you want with the people you want and not having to operate in fear. No creativity is ever birthed through a canal of fear.”

Frankly, it’s a sentiment that’s likely shared by many filmmakers around Hollywood of either gender, but these remarks certainly resonate a bit more following the minor Trevorrow-gate. Of course, Bell’s comments don’t reflect everyone’s experience, and certainly, there are plenty of female filmmakers who aspire to tell stories on the kind of massive canvases that studio resources can allow. 

Ultimately, it’s another angle on an ongoing conversation and we’re sure you have your thoughts, so leave them in the comments section below. [via THR]

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