Following their successful collaboration on Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine are reuniting for a new project, this time on the small screen. Much to the excitement of comic book fans everywhere, Wonder Woman is now this summer’s highest-grossing movie, thanks to the strong goodwill and positive reception that the film has received over the past few months. With Wonder Woman 2 now officially in development, it would be fair to say that Jenkins’ first DC superhero movie has exceeded its studio backer’s expectations.
That’s in no doubt thanks in part to the performances that Jenkins got out of her actors in the film, specifically Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Pine as Steve Trevor. While Pine’s continued involvement in the Wonder Woman franchise remains an uncertainty for the time being, it looks as though Pine and Jenkins have already found a way to work with each other again – this time outside of the comic book movie genre.
Variety is reporting that with TNT having green-lit the series, Pine and Jenkins are set to reunite on the network’s six-part drama miniseries, One Day She’ll Darken. Jenkins has signed on to direct the pilot and potentially other episodes, with Pine attached to star in all six episodes. Although filming is slated to begin sometime this fall, a premiere date has not been announced yet, with Pine about to begin filming the Netflix movie, The Outlaw King, reuniting him with his Hell or High Water costar Ben Foster and director David Mackenzie. Jenkins, meanwhile, is currently hard at work developing the Wonder Woman sequel story. Sam Sheridan is writing all six episodes of One Day She’ll Darken, inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel.
One Day She’ll Darken will tell the story of Hodel, who was given away to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949 by her teenage birth mother. And as Hodel begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she finds herself on a sinister trail that brings her closer to the infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man linked to the Black Dahlia murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Pine will play Jay Singletary in the series, a former Marine-turned-reporter, desperate for redemption after writing about Hodel years prior to the events of the series.
While Pine has had several brief roles in different TV shows over the years – including Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer, SuperMansion, and Angie Tribeca – this will be the first time that the actor has ever played the lead in a TV series. Jenkins is a veteran of the TV format, though, after having directed episodes of The Killing, Entourage, and Betrayal over the years leading up to Wonder Woman. And if One Day She’ll Darken manages to capture even a percentage of the same magic that Pine and Jenkins found working together on Wonder Woman, then this could very well be a TV title worth keeping an eye out for in the future.
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