Academy Award-winning lady director on why more ladies aren’t trying to helm a Star Wars movie

04.19.16 12 months ago

Spy thriller The Night Manager starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie premieres on AMC in the U.S. tonight, though it premiered in the U.K. in February.

The six-episode miniseries based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name follows the story of a luxury hotel night manager who is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's network.

Here, Roth Cornet and Alicia Malone talk with director Susanne Bier about adapting the classic novel for a modern audience that is very attuned to the tropes of the genre; whether Tom Hiddleston should be the next Bond; her energetic creative process with Laurie; why female directors aren't approaching Kathleen Kennedy to helm a Star Wars movie; and if there should be a separate category for male and female directors at the Academy Awards.

Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter.

Susanne Bier: @DirSusanneBier

Roth: @RothCornet

Alicia: @AliciaMalone

Make sure to read Bier's wonderful essay on what Hollywood films can learn from television here.

The Night Manager premieres Tuesday 4/19 at 10/9c on AMC

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