Recently, major studios like Marvel and Disney have made claims that they're actively trying to hire more women for big project directing roles. They're not the only studios, either, who have said on record that they'd like to have more female directors, but recent data proves that studios are still choosing men for the vast majority of directorial roles.
According to the Director's Guild of America, of the 376 feature films that were released in 2013 and 2014, only 6.4 percent of those directors were women. Of that 6.4 percent, only 1.3 percent were minority women.
DGA president Paris Barclay was quoted in the report as saying that when one gender or a group of minorities are not represented during the filmmaking process, the culture of film suffers as a whole. He added that the DGA decided to pursue this report in hopes that it would alert studios to the lack of representation from women and minority groups in the industry and hopefully change the hiring process.
The 376 films that were included in the report — which range from big studio blockbusters to independent films — made up 97 percent of the domestic box office numbers. Meaning that of the 376 films that completely dominated what people saw in theaters over the course of 48 months, only 22 of those films were directed by women.
Of the films that made more than $10 million at the box office (meaning a major studio feature length film or blockbuster), only 3.1 percent of directors were female. In comparison, films that made anywhere from $250,000 to $10 million at the box office, generally assumed to be independent, smaller films, 11.6 percent of directors were female.
Despite these big studios' claims that they want to hire more female directors, the proof suggests the complete opposite. Big pictures, especially big genre movies like superhero or science fiction films, are not giving women the same opportunity men are being awarded.
In fact, according to the report, Disney and Warner Bros. were the only two studios that hired zero women to direct feature length films. Universal and 20th Century Fox led with 6 percent of hires being women, followed closely by Paramount, 5 percent of whose films were directed by women.
The DGA has actively tried to bring more attention to the diversity problem in Hollywood, and it seems like studios may finally be starting to listen, although there hasn't been any formal action taken.
Just today, J.J. Abrams said that he would love to see more women like Selma director Ava DuVernay direct movies like Star Wars.
The full details of the report can be found here.