Actor, writer, and producer Nia Vardalos, whose film My Big Fat Greek Wedding received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, recently did a little blogging for The Huffington Post. Vardalos writes mostly about her new movie, but the part we found interesting was her account of a recent meeting with a studio executive:
A little-known fact: some studios recently decided to no longer make female-lead movies.
Lately, I’ve been in meetings regarding a new script idea I have. A studio executive asked me to change the female lead to a male, because… “women don’t go to movies.”
When I pointed out the box office successes of Sex and The City, Mamma Mia, and Obsessed, he called them “flukes.” He said “don’t quote me on this.” So, I’m telling everybody.