Yesterday evening, while Hannah and I were at the press screening for Ghostbusters (we concur with Heidi’s thoughts wholeheartedly by the way), Warner Bros. announced their Hall H plans for SDCC and buried in their press release was some new info altogether.
The last bit of news we had heard regarding the script for next year’s Wonder Woman solo outing, Jason Fuchs (writer of Pan) was set as its scribe. That is now no longer the case, per WB’s announcement: Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg have provided not only the screenplay but also the story it’s based on. No mention of Fuchs nor any of the rumored multiple other screenplays that had been mentioned as being in development at the same time (some reports mentioned as many as 5 or 6, with WB picking the best one).
Instead, the studio is going the more reliable (and frankly, better) route of their DC Films co-lead and a former Wonder Woman comics (and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) writer.
I remember the “One Year Later”/Who is Wonder Woman? arc that Heinberg wrote with a good deal of fondness. I had ridiculous hair, was a senior in college, and played in a touring rock band. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago.
Here’s the full press release along with the new synopsis of the film. I’ll just be in the corner of my bedroom weeping over the loss of my youth:
“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.wonderwomanfilm.com
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