Warner Bros. is reportedly set on bringing a woman in to direct Wonder Woman, which will be the studio’s first superhero movie with a female lead. Now it looks like the studio may have found just the woman for the job.
A new report just out from Variety cites sources claiming that Warner Bros. will tap Michelle MacLaren to direct the Wonder Woman feature, set for release on July 23, 2017. MacLaren is an alumnus of the hit television series Breaking Bad, having produced and directed a number of episodes, including “To’hajiilee,” the penultimate episode of the celebrated series.
MacLaren has also worked as a director on the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is set to debut early next year. She has also directed episodes of The Leftovers, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, and Camelot.
Whether or not MacLaren is the final choice for Warner Bros. Wonder Woman solo will, of course, remain a mystery until the studio decides to publicly announce it, but Variety notes that she seems a likely choice and that the negotiations process is already underway. Reportedly, Warner Bros. Executive Vice President of Production and Development Greg Silverman “has always been a fan of MacLaren’s work” and has been trying “for a while to find the right project for her.”
MacLaren has not yet directed a film project, but sources cite the cinematic nature of shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad as indications that she would make a good fit for Wonder Woman.
Since the project was announced in October, very little has leaked out about Wonder Woman beyond the fact that Warner Bros. reportedly wants a woman to direct it. Wonder Woman herself will be played by Gal Gadot, who will make her debut as the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman.
Previous chatter on the Wonder Woman project centered around Lexi Alexander, who previously directed Punisher: War Zone. Alexander, though, flat-out denied that she was interested in the project, saying that, if Wonder Woman failed, it would reflect poorly on the prospects for both female superheroes as leads and for female directors.
Warner Bros. seems sold on the possibilities of Wonder Woman as a franchise, though. Prior to the talk about MacLaren, rumors circulated that Warner Bros. was interested in a trilogy of Wonder Woman films, starting in the 1930s and taking Wonder Woman all the way to her present day affiliation with the Justice League.
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