Lisa Joy Reflects on Almost Pitching ‘Reminiscence’ Under Male Pseudonym So “People Might Take Me More Seriously”

As the co-creator of Westworld, Lisa Joy has achieved fame as a science fiction writer, but she faced adversity as a woman working in a predominantly white male field until recently.

Recently, Joy admitted to the U.K.’s The Independent that she considered presenting her Hugh Jackman film, Reminiscence, under a male pseudonym.

Lisa Joy Reflects on Almost Pitching ‘Reminiscence’ Under Male Pseudonym So “People Might Take Me More Seriously”

Because she thought it would be more successful than a female writer’s science fiction script (especially as she was then pregnant with her now-7-year-old daughter).

Lisa Joy Reflects on Almost Pitching ‘Reminiscence’ Under Male Pseudonym So “People Might Take Me More Seriously”

It simply felt like because it was genre and because of its action, that people might take me more seriously,” she said at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

I figured, “Well, they won’t know what I am, and maybe I’ll just try to do that — try not to have them read it with the implicit prejudice of a woman writing it.

Ergo it’s not as action-packed or whatever,” because there tends to be wage differences between men and women in every field.

Joy Began Her Career as A TV Writer

Originally a TV writer, Joy got her first directing credit on the 2018 season of “Westworld.”

Fans and critics alike appreciated her “Riddle of the Sphinx” episode for its inventive storytelling and technical excellence.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays Bernard, told Insider that Joy is a “amazing and fantastic” director who gets excellent work out of her cast at the time of the second season premiere.

When someone is “wonderfully supportive,” like she is, “you simply want to provide for her,” he explained.

Conclusion

When it comes to science fiction and expansive worldbuilding, “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy seems to have found her niche, and her feature directorial debut, “Reminiscence,” shows no signs of deviating from that.

Hugh Jackman stars as P.I. Nick Bannister in the new film, which will premiere in cinemas and on HBO Max on August 20.

Bannister uses antiquated technology to assist clients who are yearning to return their focus inward.

In contrast, Nick’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of a stunning new client who is hiding a lot (a tall order in a world where anyone can peek inside your brain).

And Joy sends him on a time-traveling adventure that owes as much to science fiction ideas as it does to traditional romantic tropes.

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