‘Wonder Woman’ First Female Directed Film with $100M Budget

‘Wonder Woman’ First Female Directed Film with $100M Budget by Matt Kranis , May 25th, 2016 at 12:40am Share on Facebook Share to TwitterWonder Woman is a history-making film for women in Hollywood.During Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion chat at the Cannes Film Festival, Melissa Silverstein, artistic director of the Athena Film Festival, revealed that director Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman is the first female directed film with a budget of $100 million.That might not seem particularly significant, but it’s actually a pretty big deal. For comparison, a similar high profile project like director Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight only worked with a $37 million budget. That movie grossed $192.8 million domestically and was ranked in the number four slot on The Wrap’s list of the 15 highest-grossing films by female directors .For Silverstein, the issue extends beyond getting funding for projects:Hollywood’s Persistent Problem with WomenHollywood has an ongoing problem with women. While it’s a proven fact that films with female leads are successful at the box office , they’re pretty uncommon. And female directors continue to be a rarity, so much so that the federal government is investigating hiring practices at Hollywood studios after calls for an official investigation by the ACLU.Wonder Woman could help shift the tide, proving that a female-driven superhero movie directed by a woman can be a success. The $100 million budget shows Warner Bros. has confidence in the film, and assuming it’s a hit may launch a new wave of big-budget, female-driven cinema.Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. Do you think its success will help more female directors get work in Hollywood? Let us know in the comments.