GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: August 5 – August 11

The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this weeks roundup was announced between August 5 to August 11. As there is an abundance of news, some stories may slip through the cracks. In the event of this happening, please reply below with any news or release information about films/TV made or about women that should be shared.

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation!

Women Behind The Camera

Award-winning Estonian director Triin Ruumet (Days That Confused) set to direct second feature Dark Paradise. (Source: Variety)

Kay Oyegun to script film adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s epic fantasy Children of Blood and Bone for LucasFilm; Children of Blood and Bone will be the production company’s first non-Star Wars/Indiana Jones film. (Source: Deadline)

Radha Blank to direct comedy The 40-Year-Old Version from her own script. (Source: Variety)

Kara Holden to script the film adaptation of Lindsey Leavitt’s bestselling YA romantic-comedy Going Vintage. (Source: Deadline)

Elizabeth Acevedo to adapt her bestselling novel With the Fire on High for a feature adaptation. (Source: Deadline)

Casting News

Gemma Chan to rejoin the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a new character in Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals. (Source: Variety)

Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) to lead psychological horror Home from Adam O’Brien. (Source: Variety)

Irene Anula (Locked Up) to lead survival thriller Kintsugi from Aitor Uribarri. (Source: Variety)

Tamara Taylor (Bones) set to lead indie spy drama Marzipan from Divide/Conquer. (Source: Deadline)

Leslie Jones (SNL) to headline Netflix stand-up special, which will be released on the streaming service in 2020. (Source: THR)

TV News

Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) will bring Princess Ariel to life for The Little Mermaid live concert for ABC; Queen Latifah will play Ursula. (Source: THR)

Erin & Sara Foster (Barley Famous) sign exclusive three-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV to create new TV projects. (Source: Deadline)

Kether Donohue (You’re The Worst) set as co-lead opposite Darren Criss (Glee) in Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s satirical musical Royalties for Quibi. (Source: Deadline)

Olivia Purnell (Y: The Last Man) has signed a multi-year overall production deal with Skydance Television to create original scripted programming. (Source: Deadline)

Octavia Spencer’s (The Help, Ma) overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV moves to ABC Studios. (Source: Deadline)

Jenny Klein (Jessica Jones) signs overall deal with Amazon Studios. (Source: Deadline)

Karin Gist (Mixed-ish) to develop Our Kind Of People fo television for 20th Century Fox TV. (Source: Deadline)

New Releases

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • The Nightingale written and directed by Jennifer Kent
  • The Kitchen written and directed by Andrea Berloff
  • Blinded by the Light written and directed by Gurinder Chadha
  • Them That Follow written and directed by Britt Poulton
  • Animals written by Emma Jane Unsworth and directed by Sophie Hyde
  • Holiday written and directed by Isabella Eklöf
  • Ladyworld written and directed by Amanda Kramer



  • Otherhood written and directed by Cindy Chupack
  • GLOW created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

VOD/Home Video:

  • Coyote Lake written and directed by Sara Seligman


Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann’s Sister Aimee was acquired by 1091 and will be released in select theatres September 27. (Source: Deadline)

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s comedy Barb and Star Go to the Vista del Mar scheduled to open opposite Sony’s Morbius on July 31, 2020. (Source: THR)

Trailer of the Week

Here is the official trailer for Wonder Woman: Bloodlines; Wonder Woman’s second solo animated feature since Lauren Montgomery’s Wonder Woman (2009).

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