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Wonder Woman Director HASN’T Yet Signed On For Sequel

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Contrary to a previous report, Patty Jenkins apparently hasn’t yet signed on to direct a sequel to the blockbuster Wonder Woman.

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The news arrives courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, which, coincidentally, is the outlet that reported last week that Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are both contractually committed to a sequel. The website now contends that while Gadot has an option for Wonder Woman 2 as part of her larger deal with Warner Bros., Jenkins was only signed to one film.

However, citing unnamed sources, the site contends the studio will soon begin negotiations with the filmmaker for a sequel, which is all but guaranteed considering Wonder Woman‘s $103.3 million U.S. debut. As of Monday, the movie has grossed more than $240 million worldwide.

That box-office performance will place Jenkins, whose only previous feature was the critically acclaimed Monster, is a prime position to negotiate a new contract, which THR theorizes could end up costing Warner Bros. millions.

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Even without an agreement in place, Jenkins has already given thought to a sequel, suggesting it will be set in the United States. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America,” she said. “It’s time.”

Wonder Woman holds the record opening for a film directed by a woman, unseating Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2015 erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1 million). With a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s the best-reviewed DC Comics-based film since 2008’s The Dark Knight, and the first entry in the DC Extended Universe to be “Certified Fresh.”

The film is expected to top the domestic box office in its second weekend of release, adding another $50 million to its U.S. haul.

In theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.

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