Lisa Cholodenko has been announced as the director of a new NBC miniseries “The Slap”, based on a 2011 Australian series and the original Christos Tsiolkas novel of the same name. We’re not turning our nose up at the news, but it got us thinking – why hasn’t Cholodenko made another feature since 2010’s “The Kids are All Right”? With her track record, you’ve got to assume she would have liked to.
Back in 2011, Cholodenko was announced as the director of the adaptation of the children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, and even penned the screenplay. But when Fox dropped the project over “budget concerns”, it was taken up by Disney. A few months later, Cholodenko left the project, and was replaced by Miguel Arteta. The film will be released later this year.
No reasons were given for Cholodenko’s departure, but one can’t help but wonder. A major studio, a female director, budget concerns and then a swift and unexplained replacement with a male director, only for the film to rapidly make its way into production… sound depressingly familiar?
Yes, we admit this article is pure speculation. But it’s not like Hollywood is keen to let us know what goes on behind its firmly closed doors. It just seems a bit disappointing to us – whatever you thought of “The Kids are All Right” – that Cholodenko has not managed to get a feature off the ground since. Her previous film was one of the most financially successfully lesbian-themed films ever, with a $34 million gross, and personally yielded her Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. She could hardly have had more buzz around her back in 2011.
Maybe she’s loving working in television. Or maybe, just maybe, she’s discovering that being a female (and openly LGBT) director means that your standard can never quite be high enough for it to all be plain sailing.