Wonder Woman will be getting quite a writing team… as rumours suggest a total of six entirely different scripts for the upcoming DC movie.
According to Aresh Amel – screenwriter on the likes of Grace of Monaco and The Expatriate – Warner Bros. has hired a number of writers to pen six different Wonder Woman scripts.
“Someone just told me six writers have been hired to simultaneously write six versions of Wonder Woman movie,” he said via Twitter. “WHAT? Worrying trend of simultaneous [development] on major franchises growing. This is wrong on so many levels.”
Now, this isn’t exactly the usual approach to big screen blockbusters… even if there is a tendency towards larger writing teams these days. But with Warner Bros. focussed on getting the very best Wonder Woman script they can, could this be the right approach?
Either way, it’s not exactly a great deal for the writers…
“I’m sure Hollywood screenwriter’s career will soon resemble the sweatshop that makes tennis shoes for Nike,” he added. And it certainly seems like a bad deal for whoever has been tapped to write one of these scripts.
Of course, it’s clear that Warner Bros. wants the option to cherry pick the best script (or script elements) from all of these new manuscripts. And while it may mean a particularly strong film in the end, it also means that some writers could end up working with no end product in sight.
But will this really produce the Wonder Woman script we all want to see?
Although it’s not exactly a great deal for the writers involved, it might just help Warner Bros. to create a Wonder Woman film that’s worth watching. And after years of failing to produce a Wonder Woman movie at all, perhaps this new approach is exactly what they need.
Of course, for now we’ll just have to wait and see… but any Wonder Woman film at all has to be considered a huge leap forward. Let’s just hope they get it right.
Wonder Woman heads to cinemas on 23 June 2017.
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