Patty Jenkins ‘trying really hard’ to avoid directing Wonder Woman spin-off movie

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mappe…

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.

Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mapped out”, and a third Wonder Woman movie was also in the works.

And in a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Patty revealed that not only is the story for the spin-off movie written and greenlit, but she’s trying “really hard” to not be in the director’s chair this time around.

“I’m not going to direct it, hopefully. I’m going to try really hard not to. It’s not going to be easy,” she shared. “But (Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer) Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we’re going to get it going. I’ll produce it, for sure.”

Patty also opened up about the future of Diana Prince and her superhero alter ego, noting that she’s even thinking about a fourth movie.

“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until (Wonder Woman 1984) comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” the 48-year-old explained. “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”

Wonder Woman 1984, also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, is set to be released in U.S. cinemas on 14 August.

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Wonder Woman 1984 gets new release date due to coronavirus pandemic

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 Ju…

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 June, but bosses at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would now be released on 14 August.

“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” the studio’s chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster, shared her relief that the movie’s release would be postponed.

“In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again,” she wrote. “Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”

Jenkins, who also helmed Wonder Woman back in 2017, took to Twitter to share the news.

“We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then,” she wrote.

James Wan’s horror Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis, was originally scheduled to open on 14 August, but has been bumped to accommodate the rescheduled Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. has also indefinitely pulled Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation In the Heights, which was due out on 26 June, as well as the animated comedy Scoob!, based on the classic Scooby-Doo characters, which was set for 15 May.

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Bryce Dallas Howard honoured to direct episode of The Mandalorian

Bryce Dallas Howard was incredibly honoured to be asked to direct an episode of The Mandalorian.The highly-anticipated series will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars TV show, and will air on the company’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, fr…

Bryce Dallas Howard was incredibly honoured to be asked to direct an episode of The Mandalorian.

The highly-anticipated series will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars TV show, and will air on the company’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, from November.

Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter, the show is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who also worked on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Bryce was stunned to be asked to direct an episode of the show and told Collider that she was fully supported by Jon and Dave throughout her time on set.

“It was awesome!” she gasped. “You know the God’s honest truth? Is that I had incredible support from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. It was so incredibly collaborative, and fun, and grounded.”

While sworn to secrecy over the details of her episode, she was able to discuss the reportedly revolutionary filming technology being used on The Mandalorian, which is spearheaded by the Iron Man actor and director.

Recalling a time on set when she was unable to film a scene exactly how she would’ve liked, she revealed that Jon was on hand to push the limits of what could be done.

“It was just so cool,” the 38-year-old gushed. “It’s extraordinary what is possible. There were so many times when I would be like, ‘It’s OK Jon, we can just do it that way.’ And he was like, ‘I just want to see if it’s possible.’

“That was really exciting.”

The Mandalorian is set three years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and also stars Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, and Nick Nolte.

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Wonder Woman release date pushed back

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros execu…

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.

Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros executives have decided on a June 2020 release date instead.

Lead actress Gal Gadot broke the news to her fans on her social media accounts, revealing she was excited by the schedule shake-up.

“Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!” she wrote, referring to the original film’s release over the summer months last year (17).

Warner Bros president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein echoed Gal’s sentiment in an official statement.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs,” he said.

Director Patty Jenkins shared Gal’s Twitter message with her own followers, adding: “Our weekend. Feels like home. Can’t wait for the day to come to share so many people’s great work, blowing me away every day.”

The official release date for the comic book follow up is 5 June. Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal co-star, with reports that original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who played the superhero on the small screen in the ‘70s, will also be making an appearance.

Moving into the slot left by Wonder Woman 1984 is the rebooted Charlie’s Angels franchise, which features Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the three detectives.

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Patty Jenkins to receive 2018 Women in Motion Award

Patty Jenkins is to receive the Women in Motion Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.The Wonder Woman director will be honoured with the prize at a special dinner to be held on 13 May (18). She will be presented with the accolade by festival presiden…

Patty Jenkins is to receive the Women in Motion Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The Wonder Woman director will be honoured with the prize at a special dinner to be held on 13 May (18). She will be presented with the accolade by festival president Pierre Lescure, its director, Thierry Fremaux, and Francois-Henri Pinault, president and chief executive officer of international luxury group Kering, which is behind the Women in Motion initiative.

“The past year has represented, in many ways, a turning point in the fight for gender equality,” Pinault said in a statement, praising the changes Jenkins “brought about” in the film industry.

“A true source of inspiration for new generations of women in cinema, she has shown them that anything is possible,” he continued. “And because with Wonder Woman she has shaped such a true superhero, she has enabled the young generations to imagine a world that can be saved by women and no longer only by men.”

Jane Fonda was the first woman to receive the award in 2015, followed by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, while French actress Isabelle Huppert took home the 2017 prize.

The Woman in Motion feature also consists of industry talks focused on women’s contribution to cinema, with actresses Robin Wright, Salma Hayek and Diane Kruger all signed up to speak at the event later this month.

Wonder Woman was the first female-fronted superhero movie to be released since Elektra in 2005 and went on to be the highest-grossing summer film of 2017.

Jenkins is now working on the upcoming sequel, which will see Israeli actress Gal Gadot reprise her titular role alongside Kristen Wiig and Narcos star Pedro Pascal. The picture is currently in pre-production and is expected to hit cinemas in late 2019.

Aside from Wonder Woman, Jenkins also directed 2003 film Monster, which starred Charlize Theron.

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Pedro Pascal joins Wonder Woman 2 cast

Pedro Pascal is the latest star to join the cast of Wonder Woman 2.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Narcos star will be joining the superhero sequel alongside lead actress Gal Gadot, with Patty Jenkins also returning as director. Pedro has prev…

Pedro Pascal is the latest star to join the cast of Wonder Woman 2.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Narcos star will be joining the superhero sequel alongside lead actress Gal Gadot, with Patty Jenkins also returning as director. Pedro has previously taken on roles in hit HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as spy movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and also collaborated with Patty when the two worked together on TV movie Exposed in 2014.

Pedro’s Wonder Woman character has yet to be announced, and all that is known about the DC film so far is that it will be set in the 1980s – against the backdrop of the Cold War.

The 42-year-old will also be working alongside Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig, whose involvement was announced by Patty earlier this month (Mar18). Kristen will play Cheetah, the movie’s villain.

“So excited to confirm the most thrilling news!,” the Monster director wrote on Twitter at the time. “Yes! It’s true. So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favourites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot.”

Israeli actress Gal, who will reprise her titular role as the Amazonian princess, also celebrated the news online.

“I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen!,” she posted, quipping, “This is going to be WONDERful!”

Pedro will next be seen in The Equalizer 2, which hits U.S. cinemas on 20 July, and recently started filming alongside Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac in action crime movie Triple Frontier, due for release next year.

Wonder Woman 2 is due to hit theatres in November 2019.

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