Update: Patty Jenkins Steps In After Director Michelle MacLaren Leaves Wonder Woman

Update: Per THR, director Patty Jenkins, once attached to Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (2013), has stepped in to helm Wonder Woman. We’ll have more soon. The original story is below.

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Director Michelle MacLaren has officially left Wonder Woman, following creative differences with Warner Bros.

The studio has released a statement confirming the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has departed Wonder Woman, which is currently in pre-production:

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”

This is a huge blow for the company who are developing a tentpole series, a DC Comics Cinematic Universe, which they hope will compete against Marvel Studios’ rival universe.

MacLaren, who cut her directorial teeth on TV shows such as Breaking Bad and HBO’s Game of Thrones, was seen as ideal choice to take on a movie featuring the ultimate female superhero, Wonder Woman.

Reports have suggested that the director had very specific ideas for the movie – with the studio and herself butting heads over the time period of the picture.

Badass Digest has reported that MacLaren wanted to include a tiger sidekick, something the creative chiefs at Warners were completely against.

And because this is a movie which is very much part of a franchise, which is being spearheaded by Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder, the studio is evidently unwilling to accommodate ideas which do not conform to their vision.

Edgar Wright’s departure from Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man happened for the same reason.

The difference between Marvel and Warner’s cinematic universe is that the former, lead by Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon (who is officially departing after Avengers: Age of Ultron is released May 1, but will likely stay onboard as an adviser), is a box office phenomenon.

Snyder’s sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will feature actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, is one of the riskiest blockbusters in living memory. Also, the first trailer should drop April 20 in theaters, per Collider.

As for the troubled Wonder Woman standalone, Ice Age: Continental Drift’s Jason Fuchs is still developing the screenplay, with production scheduled to start this Fall. Per the update above, Patty Jenkins (Monster) will step in as director, via THR.

Wonder Woman is still slated for June 23, 2017.

Source: THR

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