Kathryn Bigelow, Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay are among the few

Only nine women directors, so far, have ever been given a budget north of $100 million. Even fewer have done so without also having a male co-director or on projects that aren’t animated. That needs to change, and with “A Wrinkle In Time” opening this weekend, hopefully that changes soon.


Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow“K:19 – The Widowmaker” (2002) – $100 Million Before she became the first (and only) woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman director to land a $100 million budget for her 2002 submarine thriller “K-19: The Widowmaker.”


Jennifer Yuh Nelson Jack Black Kung Fu Panda 2

Jennifer Yuh Nelson“Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) – $150 Million Jennifer Yuh Nelson directed the $150 million sequel to “Kung Fu Panda.” She came back for the third film as well with a similar budget, but would then be paired with male director Alessandro Carloni.


Lilly and Lana Wachowskis

Lana and Lilly Wachowski“Cloud Atlas” (2012) and “Jupiter Ascending” (2016) – $128.5 Million and $176 Million  Lana Wachowski came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2012 while discussing the creative process behind “Cloud Atlas.” She would then co-direct “Jupiter Ascending” in 2015, with Lilly also coming out as trans woman in 2016.


Jennifer Lee Chris Buck Frozen

Jennifer Lee with Chris Buck“Frozen” (2013) – $150 Million Jennifer Lee’s “Frozen” won two Oscars and was a pop cultural smash, and she’ll direct the sequel as well along with Chris Buck.


Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins“Wonder Woman” (2017) – $149 Million Patty Jenkins was only the third woman to direct a $100 million budgeted movie solo. “Wonder Woman” went on to make $412 million at the domestic box office.


Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay“A Wrinkle in Time” (2018) – $103 Million Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is an ambitious fantasy that should hopefully inspire a new generation of filmmakers and young kids, but it hasn’t been tracking well at the box office thus far.
Anna Boden Ryan Fleck

Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck“Captain Marvel” (2019)  Marvel’s first female-fronted property enlisted Anna Boden along with Ryan Fleck, best known for their indie “Mississippi Grind.”


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Niki Caro – “Mulan” (2020) Niki Caro’s live action adaptation of the animated hit “Mulan” was supposed to come out later this year, but was recently pushed back to 2020.


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