Patty Jenkins was once slated to direct Thor: The Dark World, the first sequel of the Norse God, she explained why during press for WW84.
The woman behind two Wonder Woman films, the 2017 motion picture and the upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, Patty Jenkins has revealed to Vanity Fair why she did not helm the first sequel of Thor (Thor: The Dark World) – an MCU film that was instead directed by Alan Taylor.
While Jenkins had cited creative differences before, she clarified during the recent interview:
“I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing… I think it would have been a huge deal – it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.’ That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, Do this with [another director] and it’s not going to be a big deal. And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do.”
The script Jenkins was discussing was from Don Payne’s script before Robert Rodat came in to rewrite his draft. Subsequent rewrites involve Christopher Yost, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. It came to a point where The Dark World almost called Joss Whedon to rewrite more scenes after the shooting had wrapped. Jenkins then added:
“You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.”
Even with the original Wonder Woman film, before Jenkins assumed the position in the director’s chair, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones’ Michelle MacLaren was appointed the position back in 2014 but she dropped out due to creative differences.
Set during the tensions of the Cold War, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde.
Patty Jenkins once again is directing from a screenplay she has co-written with Geoff Johns and David Callaham. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder are producing for Atlas Entertainment in association with The Stone Quarry and Mad Ghost Productions. Warner Bros. will distribute as WW84 is expected in theaters on August 14, 2020.
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