Before the big trailer launches yesterday, arguably the biggest news of the week was that of the departure of Michelle MacLaren as the director of “Wonder Woman” and the quick hiring of Patty Jenkins to replace her.
Rumors also stirred around MacLaren’s departure, which was officially said to be due to creative differences. Today, Variety has posted a report that talks with sources that goes into the split and discusses what happened.
According to them, MacLaren envisioned the film an epic origin story along the lines of “Braveheart”. Warners on the other hand was after a “more character-driven story that was less heavy on action” and their differing visions just weren’t compatible.
The other complication was that though she’s had an impressive TV background, this was her first feature film and she was reportedly struggling to adapt to the longer but more in-depth development process that comes with films with one calling it “tortuous”.
After Jason Fuchs delivered his script, the studio reportedly put as many as five other writers on the project to work up various scripts, and executives simultaneously tested story concepts. MacLaren’s test was reportedly not well received.
The project will now have Jenkins following the studio mandated more ‘character-driven’ approach and they will test for a male lead from next week ahead of filming beginning in the Fall. Both Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Skarsgard were rumored for the previous Maclaren version, but now it is said that four new actors are being tested for the current version.