GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: December 2 to December 8

The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this week’s roundup was announced between December 2 to December 8. 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

ARRAY Acquires Numa Perrir’s coming-of-age drama Jezebel. Source: Deadline

Sigrid Gilmer (Claws) will adapt Dark Horse comic Kill Whitey Donovan for a film adaptation for Hideout Pictures. Source: Deadline

Elizabeth Gabler’s production label 3000 Pictures have acquired the feature film rights to Mitch Zuckoff’s Lost In Shangri La. Source: Deadline

Issa Rae (Insecure) to write, produce, and star in American adaptation of Perfect Strangers for Spyglass Media Group and Eagle Pictures. Source: Deadline

Susanna Fogel (The Spy Who Dumped Me) to direct Reality Leigh Winner biopic Winner. Source: Deadline

Vanessa Roth (Freeheld) is currently filming a documentary about two-time Oscar nominee and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige. Source: Deadline

Casting News

Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) in talks to join Ralph Fiennes (White Crow) in John Michael McDonagh’s adaptation of Lawrence Osborne’s The Forgiven. Source: Variety

TV News

Quinta Brunson and Michelle Nader set up new half-hour workspace comedy at HBO Max. Source: Deadline

NBCUniversal are developing hourlong K-Pop musical drama Olympic Boulevard from Paula Yoo (The Perfectionist). Source: Deadline

BBC Studios to make noir thriller Smother, a six-part series from Kate O’Riordan (The Spanish Princess). Source: Deadline

Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) signs first-look distribution deal with Sky under her Merman TV banner. Source: Deadline

Maggie Carey (Barry) signs overall deal with ABC Studios. Source: Deadline

New Releases

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Little Joe directed by Jessica Hausner; written by Hausner and Géraldine Bajard
  • Knives and Skin directed and written by Jennifer Reeder (limited release)
  • A Million Little Pieces directed and written by Sam Tayor-Johnson (limited release)
  • Ordinary Love directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (UK release)
  • Black Christmas written by April Wolfe and Sophia Takal; directed by Takal (December 13)
  • Rabid written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (December 13)


  • Truth Be Told created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Apple TV+)
  • The L Word: Generation Q created by Marja-Lewis Ryan (Showtime)
  • Work in Progress created Abby McEnany and Tim Mason (Showtime)
  • A Family Reunion Christmas created by Meg DeLoatch (Netflix)
  • Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (Netflix)

VOD/Home Video:

  • Hala written and directed by Minhal Baig (Apple TV+)
  • Before You Know It directed by Hannah Pearl Utt; written by Jen Tullock and Pearl Utt.
  • Hustlers written and directed by Lorene Scafaria


Film Factor Ent. has acquired international sales rights for Natalia Meta’s psycho-sexual fantastic thriller, El Prófugo (The Intruder). Source: Variety

Trailer(s) of the Week

It has been quite a week for women-led actioners as we have not one, not two, but THREE trailers. Watch the trailers for Mulan, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 84.

by Ferdosa Abdi

Ferdosa Abdi is a lifelong film student and aspiring film festival programmer. Her favourite genres are science-fiction, fantasy, and horror and her favourite director is Guillermo del Toro. She is madly in love with Eva Green and believes she should be cast in everything. You can follow Ferdosa on Twitter @atomicwick

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