Wonder Woman director says there's no script or green light (yet) for standalone film

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Dec 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EST

Though we’re champing at the bit to learn more about Warner Bros.’ plans for a massive universe of DC films, it seems we might’ve gotten a bit ahead of ourselves as far as the execution is concerned.

Michelle MacLaren, who was recently tapped to direct the upcoming standalone Wonder Woman film, was profiled in a lengthy feature by Vulture. It’s a great read to learn more about the woman who’ll eventually bring Diana of Themyscira to the big screen, but the piece also included an intriguing detail about the status (or lack thereof) of Wonder Woman.

Here’s the choice excerpt from the feature, including the paraphrased parts of her conversation and accompanying quote:

During a lunch last month at the Soho House in West Hollywood, I ask the director for details about the DC Comics epic Wonder Woman, which she was picked to direct after a lengthy, widely publicized search. She stirs her tea. Then she warns that at the moment there is no script, no release date. There’s not even an official green light from the film’s releasing studio, Warner Bros. — and even if there were, nondisclosure agreements and her paranoia about jinxing things would keep her mum. “I really, ­really, really can’t talk about this,” she says, then gestures toward the restaurant’s picture windows, with their action-film-worthy Hollywood panoramas. “I just picture a drone coming in over the hills and crashing through the glass and flying over here and putting duct tape over my mouth, you know?” 

Hmm. So it seems Warner Bros. is still in the relatively early phases of figuring out exactly what they’ll be doing with Wonder Woman’s first big-screen adventure — despite the fact that the film has technically been announced with a June 23, 2017, release date.

This fits with recent reports that the studio is working on six different, parallel Wonder Woman scripts in an effort to find the right story to get things rolling. So, in this case, MacLaren is correct — it doesn’t have a script. It has a half-dozen scripts, which is weirdly troubling. 

Also, the “green light” comment makes it sound like they’re waiting until they actually have a script to officially give the go-ahead, which makes sense. But it begs the question — why announce the movie if you don’t actually know what you’re doing yet?

Do you think Warner Bros. and DC can pull off a good Wonder Woman film, with MacLaren at the helm?

(Via Vulture)