WB Recruits Ashleigh Powell To Adapt Female Commando Pic ‘The Athena Project’EXCLUSIVE: Women may comprise only 2.9 percent of director hires at Warner Bros. in the past five years, according to a recent viral infographic (the best numbers, over at Disney, hit only 7.4 percent), but the studio is off to a solid start with their female-centric action pic The Athena Project. Neophyte scribe Ashleigh Powell has been hired to adapt Brad Thor’s New York Times bestseller about an all-lady commando team, which has UFC fighter Ronda Rousey attached to star.

If you’re keeping tabs on up and coming female voices in genre, here’s one to add to a woefully short list. Powell landed on WB’s radar with the 2012 spec sale of her Black List script Somacell, a dystopian thriller about a female prison guard who discovers that the virtual reality process that rehabilitates convicts is not all it promises to be. Read More »