Elizabeth Banks in talks to helm new ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charlie’s Angels set for another reboot.

Elizabeth Banks has cited sexism in Hollywood for choosing to direct more rather than act, so we can only assume her version of Charlie’s Angels is going to be a little different.Sony is rebooting the famous “Charlie Angels” franchise with actress-director Elizabeth Banks in negotiations to direct the new version. (Source: Reuters/Still) Banks, 41, who made her directorial debut with “Pitch Perfect 2”, will also produce the project under her Universal-based Brownstone production company, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The iconic franchise which was first a television series in the 70s (before it received the big screen treatment in 2000) is set to hit the box office once again.“Charlie’s Angels” launched in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie.Marvel has yet to put a woman in charge of one of its films, but that’s not stopping anybody else from stepping into 2015: Sony is in negotiations with Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks to handle a reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Banks has a strong track record of creating empowering female-driven comedy, and would be likely to bring a fresh outlook to the dated Seventies plot featuring attractive women “at the service” of male boss Charlie. The film is based on the 1970s TV series starring Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson as private eyes working for the mysterious, unseen Charlie Townsend.

While Hollywood has been reluctant to make movies with an all-female cast, Pitch Perfect’s box office success shows it’s not just men who will pay to go to the cinema. That film upended all expectations, nearly tripling the domestic box-office of the original and instantly putting Banks on the map as a director to watch. An upcoming all-female Ghostbusters from Paul Fieg, due to be released in 2016, has been met with approval all round, including from the franchise’s original star Bill Murray, who called the concept a “swell idea”.

And with a cast yet to be confirmed, perhaps the actress and director – who stars in Pitch Perfect as well as The Hunger Games franchise – will appear as well. Marvel, however, has found itself under incredibly scrutiny both for its treatment of its female characters (fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow movie for years at this point) and for more diversity behind the camera, as well. Marvel’s Kevin Feige has been insinuating that both things would be changing with the upcoming Captain Marvel and Black Panther — Selma director Ava DuVernay did in fact meet on the latter film — but as of yet nothing has been announced. That’s to say nothing of the Star Wars franchise, which thus far has announced six directors for five different movies — all of whom are incredibly talented, but look awfully the same.

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