Nicolas Winding Refn takes a lot of shit for being a misogynist - shit I do not think is warranted. Yes, he makes movies about men most of the time, but I don't know that he has a duty to make art about anything other than what interests him. There are very few women in Refn's films, but I think that's more of a reflection of what he's talking about than his feeligs on women.
But the complaints are there, and he's heard them, and it's unclear what his TV adaptation of Barbarella will do to assuage them. So he's working with UK playwright (and woman) Polly Stenham to write an all-female horror movie, I Walk With The Dead. It's not quite clear what the film will be - he's been talking about it for years and has never given many details besides the fact that he'd like to have lots of sex in it - but it'll be one of the rare times he works with an outside screenwriter. Says Stenham:
He’s got a lot of stick for doing films some people think are violently misogynistic. So he approached me with the idea of doing something different.
So there you have it. Something different.
Refn's a great filmmaker; Only God Forgives is brilliant and transgressive in all the ways I like, and I think Kristin Scott Thomas' villainous mom is a wonderful character. I kind of dig that a lot of mouth breathing types found him through Drive and are being actively repelled by his work. I hope it only gets more repellent.