Divisive director McG is the rumored front-runner to helm the pilot for David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman revival, TVLine reports.
It’s only the latest twist in the property’s march back to live-action television for the first time since 1979. Announced in October, the planned remake, and the involvement of Kelley — the award-winning Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and The Practice — caught many by surprise. The Warner Bros. Television project seemed all but dead earlier this month when all of the broadcast networks passed on Kelley’s pilot script.
But NBC delivered another shock just four days ago when the network, now firmly under new programming chief Bob Greenblatt, greenlit the pilot.
Michael Ausiello calls McG “an obvious choice,” pointing to his two Charlie’s Angels movies. He’s also an executive producer on the TV series Human Target, Supernatural, Nikita and Chuck. McG was famously attached in 2002 to a planned Superman reboot, titled Flyby (with a script by J.J. Abrams), but left in favor of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Kelley’s Wonder Woman reportedly will differ from the character’s portrayals in the comic books or the ’70s TV series: Here she’ll be Diana Prince, a vigilante crimefighter and successful corporate executive in Los Angeles who tries to “balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.”
In related news, No Strings Attached co-star Lake Bell tells E! Online she’d love to play Wonder Woman: “I got the guns! With superheroes you have to have this tickle of humor in there and you have to be a really great actor and also kick ass. And I’m fine with kicking a guy’s ass. I’ll be honest, I think I’d make a great Wonder Woman. So if anyone out there is listening …”