Top 10 Upcoming Films Written by Women

1. Ocean’s Eight


Olivia Milch was listed by Variety as a screenwriter to watch in 2016. In 2017 she closed a deal with Netflix to acquire the world rights to her coming-of-age comedy, Dude. This female-led reboot of the successful Oceans trilogy stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. The plot follows Danny Ocean's estranged sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who assembles a group to accompany her on a heist at the star-studded fashion event of the year, Met Gala.

Release date: June 8, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriters: Olivia Milch, co-written with Gary Ross

2. A Wrinkle in Time


Filmmaker Jennifer Lee is the first female director of a feature film to gross more than $1 billion in box office revenue. A Wrinkle in Time is directed by powerhouse Ava DuVerney. The film follows Meg Murry, her brother and other astral travellers to save her astrophysicist father held captive on a distant evil planet. The film is lined up with stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

Release date - March 9, 2018 (United States) 
Screenwriter: Jennifer Lee


3. Tomb Raider


Marking her stamp on the comic movies world, Geneva Robertson-Dworet is also credited as a writer of Captain Marvel forthcoming in 2019. Previous Tomb Raider movies starred Angelina Jolie. This reboot stars Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. Now aged 21, Lara Croft decides to solve the mystery of her father’s death. Barely surviving in East London, she follows the path of her father’s last known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island.

Release Date: March 16, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriter: Geneva Robertson-Dworet,      co-written with Alastair Siddons

4. A Star Is Born


Irene Mecchi is the only female in a male led group of screenwriters for this remake of the 1937 film. She has co-written other notable movies such as The Lion King, and Hercules. A Star is Born follows Country music star Jackson Maine who discovers an unknown singer named Ally. This movie was originally going to star Beyonce, but she was eventually replaced by Lady Gaga to co-star with Bradley Cooper. 

Release date: October 5, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriter: Irene Mecchi co-written with Will Fetters, Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson

5. Pacific Rim: Uprising


A Harvard University Alumni, Emily Carmichael’s films have been screened at international festivals, and Kira Synder has  a writing credit on an episode of the critically acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale. This sequel stars one of the biggest stars from 2017, John Boyega as ex-Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori, to prevent humanity's extinction when the Kaiju threat returns. 

Release Date: March 23, 2018
Screenwriters: Emily Carmichael and Kira Snyder, co-written with T.S. Nowlin and Steven S. DeKnight.

6. Venom


Venom is the spin-off from the Spiderman franchise, it stars Tom Hardy as the Marvel Comics Character Venom. A talented screenwriter with a wide range, Kelly Marcel previously wrote Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and co-wrote the critically acclaimed award-winning Saving Mr Banks (2013). Alongside Tom Hardy, stars Riz Ahmed.

Release date - October 5, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriters: Kelly Marcel, co-written with Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner

7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


The name J. K. Rowling is familiar to almost anyone, the master of fantasy novels. She has put on her screenwriter hat for the adaptation of her novel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a sequel to the successful first film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie follows Albus Dumbledore as she enlists help to counter the dark powerful wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, who plans to gather followers and conquer the non-magical world. 

Release date: 16 November 2018 (United Kingdom)
Screenwriter:  J. K. Rowling

8. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


Emerging talented screenwriter, Ashleigh Powell takes on this classic film. This fantasy film is a live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker about a young girl who is ordered by her parents to take care of a Nutcracker doll gifted to the family. It stars Keira Knightly, Helen Mirren, Mackenzie Foy and Morgan Freeman.

Release date: November 2, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriter: Ashleigh Powell co-written with Simon Beaufoy

9. Bumblebee: The Movie


This branch of the box office smash Transformers franchise will focus on Bumblebee. According to The Wrap, Christina Hodson is also penning the Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC. Bumblebee: The Movie stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, a teenager who discovers and revives Bumblebee in a small beach town unaware he is no ordinary bug. 

Release date: December 21, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriter: Christina Hodson

10. Forever My Girl


Bethany Ashton Wolf, an upcoming and promising filmmaker, also directs this movie. Forever My Girl stars newcomer, Alex Roe, and La La Land supporting actress Jessica Rothe. Forever My Girl follows country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who returns to his small town to seek what he has left behind after leaving his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar in order to pursue his career and fame instead. choosing fame and fortune instead. 

Release date - January 19, 2018 (United States)
Screenwriter: Bethany Ashton Wolf

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