Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart was shown in U.S. theaters last May 24. Forbes hailed the movie as a “sadly predictable tragedy” as it failed in the box office earning only $8.4 million on its opening dates.
This isn’t to say that the film wasn’t good at all. Booksmart earned 97% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a tell-tale sign that this won’t be Wilde’s first and last shot at filming.
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So what’s next for the newly hailed film director? Wilde hasn’t dropped any clues about what or when her next project will be. However, in an interview with MTV International, the director expressed that she was down to direct a movie for the Marvel cinematic universe.
In the interview, she was asked if the prospect of directing for Marvel is in the cards for her. To this, Wilde replied “Totally yeah, absolutely. I think that it’s exciting that now women like Ava DuVernay and Chloé Zhao are directing Marvel films and it’s exciting to think about what that will do to the franchise. I think it’s a proud…I’m a proud member of the movement of female directors, and I don’t think there’s any genre that should be off the table.”
Whether or not this will come true in the future, Wilde is a fresh and exciting icon for aspiring female directors. Female visibility in the filmmaking industry is expanding. Now, women are attached to blockbuster movies like Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) and Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks).
Let’s hope that Marvel’s as open to the thought of Olivia Wilde directing one of their soon-to-be box office hits as she is.