We Could Have Had It All: Wonder Woman Director Michelle MacLaren Exits Film Project
The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive, citing a statement from Warner Bros. “Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”
Excuse me for a moment.
While the specific differences that led to the split are not known, it inevitably carries echoes of an incident in 2011 when Marvel and director Patty Jenkins also parted ways. Jenkins had been tapped to direct Thor 2, which would have made her the first female director of a Marvel movie. But when she and Marvel hit an impasse, that movie, which came to be titled Thor: The Dark World, was turned over to Alan Taylor. The fact that both MacLaren and Jenkins off their respective projects is sure to raise the question of whether women filmmakers are welcome in the world of high-stakes, superhero movies.
MacLaren, whose previous work included Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad seemed an excellent choice for the job when she was announced as director back in November of last year. Last we heard on the project, Jason Fuchs was working with her on drafts of the script.
What do you think? Without knowing more all I can hope is they choose another talented female director to replace her. Though the internet is already telling Marvel they should quickly scoop up MacLaren if they know what’s good for them…
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