With the recent confirmation that Patty Jenkins will, in fact, be returning to helm Wonder Woman 2, the director has already enlisted the help of writer Dave Callaham, most well known for his work on The Expendables and 2014’s Godzilla movie starring Bryan Cranston. In addition to Geoff Johns (CCO of DC Comics), Jenkins is working on a screenplay for the sequel, which is already scheduled for a 2019 release. Both Jenkins and Callaham have worked together in the past, working on an unproduced screenplay for Jackpot, a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy that was set to star Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston.
There aren’t many plot details about Wonder Woman 2 right now, only that the film will most likely be set in the late 1980s, during the closing years of the Cold War. Honestly, that sounds like such a great premise and there are a lot of different directions they can take it.
All this comes after Jenkins signed a historic deal, making it so that she’d be paid just as much as her male co-workers, the first deal of its kind in cinema history. By comparison, keep in mind that Zack Snyder was paid $10 million dollars to direct his first DC movie, Man of Steel, so it’s likely that Jenkins will be making at least that much to direct Wonder Woman 2. As of now, Wonder Woman has grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide, so paying Jenkins anything less than the amount usually reserved for directors of that caliber would be an insult.
However, judging from how Jenkins has been approaching the film, she seems to have been given something close to full creative control on the sequel, something that’s completely deserved after one of her features became one of the highest grossing films of all time, while Roger Ebert called her debut – 2003’s Monster starring Charlize Theron – the 3rd best film of the decade.
Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on December 13th, 2019. Between that, and Star Wars: Episode IX‘s new December 20th, 2019 release date, it’s going to be a good month.
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Source: Slash Film