Margot Robbie's Lucky Chap Entertainment and Christina Hodson's Hodson Exports is launching a new initiative to provide opportunities for femael screenwriters. As first reported by Deadline, the Lucky Exports Pitch Program (LEPP) is starting with six female-identifying writers that they will put through a four-week writers room program with a goal to produce original action movies that can fit within a $30 million budget.
"It is no secret that there are more men than women getting hired to write big-budget studio movies, and yet there are a huge number of talented female voices looking to break into this space," said Hodson. "I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a number of franchise movies, alongside great male and female writers. Feature writing has traditionally been a solitary exercise but it doesn’t need to be."
"I wanted to create a program that was as much about peer to peer collaboration and community as it is about changing the statistics," Hodson continued. "Margot and I share a passion for championing female voices and feel that one way to do that is to connect these writers with a wide-array of experts in big-budget filmmaking – men and women alike."
The first 'class' of writers are Sue Chung, Charmaine Degrate, Eilen Jones, Faith Liu, Dagny Looper, and Maria Sten. They were reportedly chosen through a multi-step process that included sample scripts, applications, and in-person interviews.
"We feel it is both a responsibility and a great honor to help create opportunities for the voices in our industry who are not yet being heard in the big budget action space," said Lucky Chap in a statement. "We couldn’t be more excited to join these six incredible writers on this journey!"
The four-week writers room program will include speakers such as Lindsey Beer, Max Borenstein, Peter Craig, Sue Kroll, Chris Morgan, Chantal Nong, Zak Penn, Geneva Robertson- Dworet, Bek Smith, Chad Stahelski, Oren Uziel, and Courtenay Valenti
Robbie and Hodson will oversee the program, along with associates from their respective companies.
It hasn't been announced if future LEPP sessions will occur, and if submissions will be open to the general public.