DC has found its director for Wonder Woman… and after lots of speculation and rumours, it’s none other than Michelle McLaren.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Breaking Bad director has signed on for Warner Bros’ upcoming female superhero movie… and will work alongside writers to hammer out a decent script.
“Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct Wonder Woman, Warner Bros’ big-screen take on the iconic DC character,” they revealed. “According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, who remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot.”
Of course, she’ll be joined by Charles Roven as well as Zack and Deborah Snyder who are on board to produce… and it looks as though DC’s movie architects will be on board for most (if not all) of the major DC releases in the foreseeable future.
“MacLaren was a top choice for the project due to her muscular work on Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead,” they explained. “Although she is perhaps most associated with her directing and executive producing work on the much-loved Breaking Bad.”
The signing of Michelle McLaren ends a directorial search which began during the summer… and saw any number of female directors attached to the role. But while McLaren seems to be officially on board, we hear it was quite the back and forth in order to convince her to sign.
“Her deal culminates an on-and-off-again dance with the Amazonian princess,” they explained. “MacLaren became a favorite back in August, taking several meetings with Warner’s execs. Things cooled over the autumn as the studio widened its search.”
We’ve heard time and again that there was a lot of pressure from within WB to hire a female director, due to the character’s strong association with female empowerment. But while the studio met with a number of female directors including Jennifer Kent and Lesli Linka Glatter it was McLaren they inevitably signed.
Although a Wonder Woman movie has been in the works for decades, the closest we’ve come to seeing it on the big screen was Joss Whedon’s cancelled attempt back in 2007. But now it looks as though Diana Prince is set to make her big screen debut.
And with Michelle McLaren at the helm, I can’t wait to see the results.
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