So the amount of faith invested in Warner Bros.’ handling of its DC Comics properties can be measured in a thimble, but that’s not to say there’s no hope at all. As Warners gambles on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to establish its own expansive and interconnected universe in one ambitious movie, they also have several follow up projects scheduled for release in 2016 and beyond. One of them, of course, is Wonder Woman, who, as we already know, appears in Batman V. Superman. The solo Wonder Woman film based on the comic about the powerful Amazonian warrior now has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Michelle MacLaren), and a release date (June 2017), but what it still lacks is a script. Good thing then that the studio is reportedly working on six of them.
A screenwriter named Arash Amel (Erased, Grace of Monaco) has tweeted that he’s heard some interesting news about the state of Wonder Woman‘s screenplay:
Someone just told me six writers have been hired to simultaneously write six versions of Wonder Woman movie. WHAT?
— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014
“WHAT?” indeed. The concept of working on two competing scripts for the same project is not an unusual one for Hollywood; it happens a lot, even on other superhero films like Wonder Woman’s Justice League cohort Aquaman. But six? That is a whole new level. On the one hand, this may be looked at as an American Idol-esque competition to see who can write a Wonder Woman movie better, and get the gig. On the other hand, this may be the “Frankenstein” option.
A tweet from Devin Faraci of Badass Digest suggests that Warner Bros. will “merge the scripts” once their finished, essentially building a Best of the Best screenplay from the best parts of all six versions. That’s going to be a pain in the neck for the Writers Guild of America to sort out when it’s all said and done, and I’m not really sure about the cost benefit analysis of paying six people to do the job of one, but Warners is racing to play catch-up with Marvel/Disney, and sometimes when you race you get so fixated on the finish line that you don’t notice what’s going on right in front of you.
We reported a few weeks ago that Pan writer Jason Fuchs had been hired to write the Wonder Woman screenplay. Now does that mean he’s working on one of the six drafts, or maybe that the six drafts are getting fairly close to completion and Fuchs will now be sewing them together and raising it up to the roof to get hit by a lightning bolt to bring it to life.
Now we all want a Wonder Woman movie to be awesome, it’s been a long time in coming, but Hollywood’s past experience in having a kitchen full of cooks on a screenplay has never ended well, whether its four or five like in the case of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or the 30-plus rumored to have had a hand in writing the 1994 live-action Flintstones movie. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for this one.
Wonder Woman will be in theaters everywhere June 23, 2017.
Source: Screen Rant