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

04.19.16 3 years 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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