GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: January 20 to January 26

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 January 20 to January 26. 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

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Issa López (Tigers Are Not Afraid) to write and direct adaptation of Matthew Baker’s short story Lost Souls for Searchlight. Source: Deadline

David Oyelowo (Selma) will executive produce and star in Mo McRae’s (Almost Family) feature debut co-written by McRae and Sarah Kelly Kaplan (Axle Tramp). Source: Deadline

Eva Longoria (Dora the Explorer) teams up with Will Packer Productions to produce a Latina ensemble drama Tias based on an original pitch from Rob Sudduth (On My Block). Source: Deadline

Tina Fey (30 Rock) to adapt Mean Girls Broadway musical to film for Paramount. Source: Deadline

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) sets up her own production company Wells Street Films which will be the home for her Amazon projects and more. Source: Deadline

Marvel is moving forward with Captain Marvel 2 with Megan McDonnell (WandaVision) scripting. Source: Deadline

Playwright Nina Raine (Consent) to script Hulu’s adaption of F/ Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night. Source: Deadline

Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) to script Disney’s photorealistic animated adaptation of Bambi. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Nadia Latif (White Girl) to direct Protagonist Pictures’ adaptation of Walter Mosley’s The Man in My Basement. Source: Deadline

Casting News

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Whoopi Goldberg accepts an impromptu invite to reprise her Star Trek: The Next Generation character, Guinan, in Picard season 2. Source: Deadline

TV News

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Season 2 of Altered Carbon from showrunner Alison Schapker (Fringe) will return on February 27 on Netflix. Source: Deadline

Former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth will executive produce the TV adaptation for her memoir More Than Enough. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Kryty Wilson-Cairns (1917) reuniting with 1917 producers to darkly comic thriller Prophets. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) to star in Erin Brockovich-inspired drama Rebel from Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy). Source: Deadline

Non-Movie/TV News

Artwork by: Nicola Scott

Wonder Woman No. 750 is now available for purchase. Read THR’s exclusive preview. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Rebecca Klingel (The Haunting Of Hill House) created and wrote eight-episode podcast thriller for QCode. Source: Deadline


NEON picks up the North American rights to to romance drama Ammonite starring Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) and Kate Winslet (Blackbird). Source: Deadline

New Releases

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • The Turning directed by Floria Sigismondi
  • Color Out of Space written by Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley


  • Close Enemies written by Jeanne Aptekman and David Oelhoffen (Netflix on January 29)
  • Shrill created by Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, and Lindy West (Hulu on January 24)
  • Troop Zero directed by Bert & Bertie and written by Lucy Alibar (Amazon Prime)

VOD/Home Video:

  • Harriet written and directed by Kasi Lemmons (VOD on January 28)
  • Toxic Beauty (Documentary) directed by Phyllis Ellis (VOD on January 28)

Trailer of the Week

Netflix released the official trailer of Dee Rees’ adaptation of Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted.

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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