After the announcement of Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss being hired to come up with new Star Wars movies separate from the Skywalker saga and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s recently-announced all-new trilogy, there have been grumblings around social media and blogs from people angry that, among writers and directors of Star Wars movies so far, 100% of people with a writing or directing credit are white, and there’s only been one woman (Leigh Brackett co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back with George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan). Those statistics may be wrong, however, if this new rumor is true.
The Tracking Board reports a rumor that “Lucasfilm has hired at least one woman and one person of color to write/develop films in the Star Wars universe. But they’re keeping it a secret, presumably because it’s unclear whether these projects will ultimately move forward […] or because online fandom has become toxic and it’s in everyone’s best interests to keep things private for now.” The rumor apparently comes from a Facebook thread among “multiple, well-known screenwriters.” Tracking Board reports a couple of example comments from different anonymous screenwriters:
Screenwriter A: “Not that one makes much of a difference, but I know at least one woman who wrote a script for them.”
Screenwriter B: “I know one non-white director they have too.”