Now that the dust has settled following Warner Bros. abrupt change in director for Wonder Woman, some details are finally starting to leak out.
Variety has a report from people close to the project that aims to delve into exactly what caused original director Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) to leave over “creative differences,” opening the door for new director Patty Jenkins (Monster) to jump in just a few days later. According to their findings, it had a lot to do with the direction MacLaren wanted to take the story.
There had already been rumblings that MacLaren pitched a version that would’ve given Diana a talking tiger sidekick, and it now sounds like the overall vision of MacLaren’s story was apparently more akin to an “epic origin tale” in the vein of Braveheart. That apparently didn’t mesh too well with the studio’s desire to craft something with a bit less action and more focus on being a “character-driven movie.”
The report also goes on to claim MacLaren was having trouble staying engaged with the extensive preproduction process needed for a tentpole film of this scope, which is a whole lot bigger and longer than what she was accustomed to coming from a TV background. Again, take it all with a grain of salt, but most of these details allegedly came from studio execs at Warner Bros.
Regardless of the shake-up, the change isn’t expect to affect the production process or release date too much. Warner Bros. still has a room full of writers honing the script, and the studio plans to open up casting for the male lead/love interest to act alongside Gal Gadot in the coming weeks. Wonder Woman is tentatively set for release in June 2017.
What’s your take on all this? Would you rather see MacLaren, or Jenkins, at the helm?