Evan Rachel Wood Doesn't Get Why the 'White MEN' in the Room Rejected Her Movie Pitch
Actress Evan Rachel Wood has a project idea. In Hollywood, this isn't unusual. Actors often have ideas they pitch, usually with themselves involved in a creative way. Sometimes they're accepted, sometimes they aren't. Hollywood execs, it seems, aren't interested in just accepting a pitch because a fairly well-known actor is behind it.
Kind of smart when you think about it.
But Wood has her pitch, and she's upset that it hasn't been accepted. Looking at her vent about it on Twitter, though, I kind of see the problem.
Fyi I have been pitching a film, starring 4 amazing actresses, written by 2 women, to be directed by me, for TWO YEARS, to nothing but room after room of white MEN and ‘weirdly’
no one has given it money. And we wonder why there is a bias in hollywood?? Your move guys.
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) July 1, 2018
So, the selling point for this is four actresses and two female writers working on a film directed by Wood.
Nothing about the story, nothing about the genre, even. The gender of the people involved seems to be the only selling point to her audience on Twitter and, presumably, these white MEN in the room.
Oh, and let's not forget that while Wood may be a skilled actress, she has absolutely no experience as a director. At least, she has none based on her IMDB listing. I'll get to why that matters in a moment.
Let's take a look at the problem here, step by step.
First, there's the argument that it will star four amazing actresses.
That's while it's in the planning stages. Once dates are set and things solidify, that can change. All four of those actresses might have scheduling conflicts and have to pull out of the project. Just because they're attached right now doesn't mean they'll end up in the final project. That makes their attachment nice, but not something an exec would necessarily want to bank on.
Not only that, but she says they're "amazing" actresses. She doesn't say anything about popularity, name recognition, or anything of the sort. While most will assume "amazing" also implies a certain degree of notoriety, that's not necessarily true. Because we don't know who they are, we don't have enough information to evaluate what kind of impact they may have had. These four actresses may even have a dozen Tony and Emmy awards between them, but it doesn't mean they're a big screen draw.
Next, the two female writers.
As a writer, I'm going to tell you all something that kind of hurts. No one cares about the writers.
Oh, when it comes to novels and even non-fiction works, they do, but in movies? Not really. Don't believe me? List your top five favorite movies. Then, without looking anywhere, tell me who wrote them. If you can, you're the exception, not the rule. Writers aren't a draw in general, so why should their gender be a draw?