After being in talks to return for months, Patty Jenkins is in final negotiations to helm Wonder Woman 2 with what is said to be a historic deal.
Although a sequel was said to be in development immediately following the $103.2 million opening of Wonder Woman, the film wasn’t officially announced by Warner Bros. until its Hall H panel at Comic-Con International. It had been expected the studio would simultaneously confirm the return of Jenkins, as she had been very vocal about her ideas for the sequel. However, it turned out she wasn’t officially signed on, contrary to earlier reports, giving her leverage to use in actually nailing down her contract for Wonder Woman 2.
With the first film having already pulled in an astounding $800 million worldwide before it even opens in Japan next week, it’s fair to say Jenkins was due for a major payday. Now, according to Deadline, it appears that Warner Bros. and Jenkins are close to reaching a successful deal that would see Jenkins be paid substantially more — on par with what a male director would receive after successfully launching a brand new franchise.
The deal between the two is said to be in the final stages, with Jenkins set to become the “highest-paid female director in town,” though the final number was not revealed.
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.
Wonder Woman 2 will hit theaters on December 13, 2019.
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