Buried at the end of the Variety article about Warner Bros.’ stealthy hiring of a screenwriter for Justice League is news that the studio is inching forward with the long-troubled Wonder Woman movie.
According to the trade paper, Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Goldenberg is now attached to the adaptation, marking the first update since Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov assured the Los Angeles Times more than a year ago that a script was in the works.
A live-action film has been in development since at least 2001, when producer Joel Silver paid Antz screenwriter Todd Alcott a reported six-figure sum to tackle the script. Four years and nearly a half-dozen writers later, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures hired Joss Whedon to write and direct Wonder Woman. That deal famously fell apart in February 2007, when Whedon walked away from the movie, explaining, “We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico.”
A day before Whedon’s departure was made public, Silver purchased a spec script from Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland set during World War II, but apparently had no plans to develop it. “It had some good ideas in it but I didn’t want it floating around, so we took it off the market,” Silver told Superhero Hype shortly afterward. “It was a period movie and I really don’t want to do that.” He later hired the duo to write a new, contemporary script, but no more has been heard of that.
Since then, aside from occasional mentions by Warner Bros. executives and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, there’s been little discussion of a Wonder Woman movie. Instead, David E. Kelley’s failed television pilot received the lion’s share of the attention over the past year.
In addition to rewriting the Green Lantern script, Goldenberg adapted Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and co-wrote 2003’s Peter Pan.
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