‘Wonder Woman’ Officially Hires Michelle MacLaren to Direct!
A few weeks ago we reported that ‘Breaking Bad’ director and producer Michelle MacLaren was in talks to take the helm on WB’s ‘Wonder Woman’ film, which was incredibly exciting news on its own. Today brings word that MacLaren has officially signed on to not only direct, but also formally develop the film, working with the writers to bring the iconic superhero to the big screen in her own solo movie.
THR reports that MacLaren, who is also known for her strong directing work on episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ has officially signed on to direct ‘Wonder Woman’ after months of meetings with the studio. According to the report, WB also considered ‘The Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent, and Lesli Linka Glatter, director and co-executive producer of Showtime’s ‘Homeland’—either of these choices would have made for interesting and exciting prospects, but MacLaren’s name has popped up as a favorite to direct in many articles (including my own) since WB first announced the project.
The ‘Wonder Woman’ film will kick off a proposed trilogy of solo films for Gal Gadot’s hero, with the first taking place on her home of Paradise Island, where the Amazonians are split up into warring factions. A mysterious man arrives asking for our hero’s help, and from there she travels to WWII-era America, and is surprised to find that women are not treated as equals. Keeping in the spirit of the character, the proposed storyline has a feminist slant, and hiring a female director to bring Wonder Woman’s first solo adventure to the big screen feels like the right thing to do—especially one like MacLaren, who has proven that she has a strong eye for what makes compelling, engaging action.
This will be MacLaren’s first time directing a feature-length film, but we’ve been anxiously awaiting this debut for some time now. ‘Wonder Woman’ seems like the perfect fit. ‘Wonder Woman’—and MacLaren—will hit theaters on June 23, 2017.