Hollywood Movies Directed by Filmmakers of Color 2023, 2024

IndieWire looks once again at just how diverse the Hollywood studio director’s chair really will be for years to come.

With the film industry as a whole taking a significant hit in the early years of the pandemic, one progressive shift that has been stifled in recent years is studios hiring more directors from underrepresented backgrounds.

There are all sorts of data points that have been repeated over the years from annual studies like USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which has repeatedly shown how increasing diversity within filmmaking helps, not hurts, business prospects. For example, the most recent USC study reported that films by underrepresented directors earned slightly higher Metacritic scores than films by white directors, yet in 2022 there was a 6.6 percent decrease in the number of directors from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who Top 100 Directed Movies of the Year.

While the upcoming slate of studio films doesn’t look set to move the needle even back to the 2021 numbers, where the percentage of directors from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups hit a 15-year high, there are still finished features by those filmmakers that have been acquired at film festivals like Sundance, and a few projects by color directors that have been announced but don’t have a projected release date yet.

Here’s the list of upcoming features led by filmmakers of color, ranked by studio. For this year we’ve added mini-majors like MGM/UAR and Lionsgate in addition to the usual ‘Big Five’. The films listed all have a set release date (or at least have been announced as officially coming out in 2023 or 2024). We will update as new movies are added (and sometimes removed) to various slates. At this point there is 39 Films directed or co-directed by black filmmakers in the studio offer. Unless otherwise noted, release dates refer to traditional theatrical distribution.

This article was first published on January 4, 2023.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”

Paramount Pictures

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The Blackening, directed by Tim Story, June 16, 2023

Adele Lim Untitled Film directed by Adele Lim June 23, 2023

Publish MGM/United Artists

Creed 3, directed by Michael B. Jordan, March 3, 2023

The Underdoggs, directed by Charles Stone III, October 20, 2023

Paramount Pictures

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”, directed by Steven Caple Jr., June 9, 2023

Untitled Bob Marley Biopic, Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, January 12, 2024

The Tiger’s Apprentice, directed by Raman Hui (starring Paul Watling and Yong Duk Jhun), January 19, 2024

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Classics

“Heart of a Lion”, directed by George Tillman Jr., March 31, 2023

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”, co-directed by Kemp Powers (with Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson), June 2, 2023

The Equalizer 3, directed by Antoine Fuqua, September 1, 2023

Twentieth Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures

Rye Lane, directed by Raine Allen-Miller, March 31, 2023 (streamable on Hulu)

“Chavalier”, directed by Stephen Williams, April 7, 2023

Next Goal Wins, directed by Taika Waititi, September 22, 2023

Sandra Oh and Awkwafina Untitled Comedy Directed By Jessica Yu TBD 2023 (To Stream On Hulu)

“Flamin’ Hot”, Directed by Eva Longoria, TBD 2023

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, Directed by Tina Mabry, TBD 2023

“Suncoast” Directed by Laura Chinn, TBD 2023

Universal images and focus functions

Knock at the Cabin, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, February 3, 2023

“A Thousand and One”, Directed by AV Rockwell, March 21, 2023

“Polite Society”, directed by Nida Manzoor, April 28, 2023

Praise This, directed by Tina Gordon, TBD 2023 (to stream on Peacock)

Shooting Stars, directed by Chris Robinson, TBD 2023 (to stream on Peacock)

Twisters, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, July 19, 2024

Wicked Part 1, directed by Jon M. Chu, December 25, 2024

Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista

“Elemental”, directed by Peter Sohn, June 16, 2023

The Marvels, directed by Nia DaCosta, July 28, 2023

The Haunted Mansion, directed by Justin Simien, August 11, 2023

“Wish”, co-directed by Fawn Veerasunthorn, November 22, 2023

Chang Can Dunk, Directed by Jingyi Shao, TBD 2023 (To stream on Disney+)

Dashing Through the Snow, directed by Tim Story, TBD 2023 (stream on Disney+)

Elio, directed by Adrian Molina, March 1, 2024

Captain America: New World Order, directed by Julius Onah, May 3, 2024

Mufasa: The Lion King, directed by Barry Jenkins, July 5, 2024

Warner Bros.

“House Party”, directed by Calmatic, January 13, 2023

Blue Beetle, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, August 18, 2023

The Color Purple, directed by Blitz Bazawule, December 20, 2023

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, December 25, 2023

Mickey 17, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, March 29, 2024

“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim”, directed by Kenji Kamiyama, April 12, 2024

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