McG the Frontrunner to Direct NBC’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot?

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Superheroes are all the rage these days. Nearly forty years after Wonder Woman was made into a successful television show – first on ABC, then on CBS – David E. Kelley is bringing it back on the air.

After being turned down by just about every network, the show was picked up last week by NBC, leaving fans anxiously waiting to hear what the details of the show will be. Now, Deadline is reporting that McG, director of such cinematic classics as Charlies Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and Terminator: Salvation, is the frontrunner to direct the  Wonder Woman pilot.

Of course, Deadline goes out of their way to let us know that nothing is yet certain regarding the television reboot,  and that there are no active negotiations between McG, NBC, and Warner Bros. Still, word around the Hollywood water cooler is that if there’s a list of favorites to direct the pilot, McG is at the top.

This, of course, would be McG’s second turn directing the reboot of a popular TV show about action-oriented ladies, the first being Charlie’s Angels. Despite the fact that I have never enjoyed a single movie directed by the man (Terminator: Salvation least of all), I can’t say I’m too bummed to hear that he could be directing Wonder Woman’s new television debut.

Sure, he has a shoddy filmmaking record at best, but he also has been involved with some of the better shows currently on television. He produces Human Target, Chuck, and Supernatural, all of which range from good to unbelievably good, and he directed the pilot for Chuck, one of the more entertaining forty-two minutes of my life.

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Ultimately, we’ll have to wait for more details before we decide whether or not this is something that we should look forward to. In fact, I find myself more interested in how David E. Kelley’s writing – typically colloquial and humorous – will mesh with the superhero/god-related antics of Wonder Woman.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Say what you will about Terminator Salvation, it was competently directed, the action scenes were very well handled. There are worse choices.

    • Salvation gets a bad wrap, and yes it has issues but I still liked it and thought it fit perfectly in the franchise and it was absolutely better then Rise of the Machines, which was horrible.

      • Oh hell yes it was better than T3! It had many, many faults but it also has some good action sequences, it is the only decent acting Sam Worthington has ever done, the effects are epic. The cgi Arnold was just inspired, when the music kicks in… That one scene was cooler than all of T3.

        • I enjoyed TS as a mindless action flick, and it was definitely much better than Terminator 3 (not like that’s difficult to achieve though). My problem is the film didn’t even try to answer the many plot holes, but you can’t expect much from the hacks that wrote Terminator 3. Even Jonathan Nolan couldn’t polish that turd.

    • I personally enjoyed Salvation. Every other film MCG has done was terrible, but Salvation wasn’t

  2. McG, most likely will deliver a great pilot episode as he’s done in the past, but I will not stick around for further episodes unless there’s a lot of superhero cameos i.e., smallville. Btw, watched Chuck lately? The comedy is slightly amusing, at times but it offers nothing different from all the campy action shows of the seventies and eighties.

    • which I think is better then have the stupid ass retreaded soap opera cop shows and medical dramas that we are drowning in, Chuck is like a breath of fresh air for the tv watcher

      • I’ve still never watched Chuck. People keep telling me I would love it.

    • Igdomanious what are you talking about?

      Chuck is still just as great as ever if anything it’s gotten even better this season than it was last season. Chuck is one of the most consistent shows on TV. Most people I know can agree there.

  3. I’m glad you pointed out his television work as well. I agree with you that his films haven’t been the best but he does a solid job with his hour long series. Chuck and Human Target are a couple of my favorite shows on currently, so this gives me some comfort even though there’s nothing official yet.

  4. Didn’t know he produced those three shows, so I’m definitely interested in this.

  5. Cool…

  6. Soo much for this series.

  7. Mcg didn’t produce Chuck, or Human Target,,,

    gimme a break.

      • I think he produces Nikita, too.

        • He does.

    • Just googled it and yes, he did.

  8. Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!


  9. Horrible films, but great TV shows. It’s strange his carer.

  10. I loved and was sadly disappointed when his show Fastlane was taken off the air, so I hope this comes to fruition. Fastlane was so stylized and Van, Deacon and Billie were some of the coolest characters ever on TV. They say this show was cancelled due to the cost of making it, so hopefully he can make it cool without going over budget – lol!!! I really enjoy his work.

  11. Shannon Elizabeth should star as Wonder Woman. She loves WW and has the looks and talent.

  12. We Are Marshall was damned good. McG’s music videos were very fun and this guy seriously can really produce the hell out of a show. And I agree, Fastlane didnt didnt deserve the sudden dismissal from Fox. All in all, he deserves more credit as a director.

    But I’m not excited about this show. I dont want to watch an overly feminized and stripped down version of Dianna (a female version of Smallville). If a movie is to ever happen, lets see some massive action and a kickass mythology that honors the comic book, and isnt a retread of the Linda Carter show. David Kelly is awesome for his dramas, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Ally McBeal. But since he hasnt had any recent successes, I fear hes jumping on the superhero bandwagon to capitalize on its popularity.

    And if it ends up on NBC, it will be shuffled around the schedule, poorly promoted, and used as a guest star vehicle for old NBC stars.