When Warner Bros. announced its slate of upcoming DC Entertainment movies through 2020, the studio also revealed that certain films already had stars or directors in place; Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) will play The Flash in a standalone film and David Ayer (Fury) is helming Suicide Squad.
It may not have happened in time for the official announcement, but Warner Bros. tapped Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) to develop the 2017 Wonder Woman movie. Now, MacLaren’s Wonder Woman – which already has its star in Gal Gadot (Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice) – is looking to bring on board a screenwriter from within the Warner Bros. family.
THR is reporting that Jason Fuchs, who penned Warner Bros.’ upcoming Pan, is in negotiations with the studio to write the screenplay for Wonder Woman. It’s also reported that if landing the job, Fuchs will begin on drafts of the script along with MacLaren, keeping in line with the earlier word that MacLaren would be playing a large role in guiding the project.
In terms of writing, Fuchs is a relative newcomer; his only previous feature film release is 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift. However, Warner Bros. is looking to build a franchise from Pan, a prequel of sorts to the well-known Peter Pan story, with their impressions of the young writer strong enough to already have him hard at work on a sequel script.
Fuchs’ relative inexperience may worry some fans of Diana Prince – if only because they don’t know what to expect from the screenwriter just yet – and may make him seem an odd choice for Warner Bros. So far, the studio has largely chosen highly acclaimed and well-known talent, both onscreen and behind the camera, for many of the roles within its DC movie universe.
However, while Suicide Squad has enlisted a team of a-list stars, MacLaren and Gadot are arguably less well-known than their other DC counterparts. In those terms, Fuchs may not seem so odd a choice, but what will matter is how well he can work with MacLaren. And if the top priority for the creative team is meeting established stereotypes and expectations head on, then turning to a newer (but promising) writer makes all the more sense.
So far the only word on just what might take place in a Wonder Woman movie has come from rumors of a 1920s-era story line, implying Diana to be essentially immortal. Whether that’s true or not, and whether that kind of story is something Fuchs and MacLaren can make work remains to be seen.
Wonder Woman will premiere in theaters June 23, 2017.