Michelle MacLaren to Develop and Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

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Michelle MacLaren director of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones (what a resume!) has agreed to develop the Wonder Woman film slated to hit theaters June 23, 2017.

According to Hollywood reporter:

“According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, which remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot. Gadot will make her debut as the heroine in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing the Wonder Woman movie, which is set for a 2017 release.
MacLaren was a top choice for the project due to her muscular work on Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, although she is perhaps most associated with her directing and executive producing work on the much-loved Breaking Bad.
MacLaren’s boarding caps off a director search that began in the summer, and her deal culminates an on-and-off again dance with the Amazonian princess.
MacLaren became a favorite back in August, taking several meetings with Warners execs. Things cooled over the autumn as the studio widened its search. Sources say there was pressure from within to hire a woman for the job as the character has such a strong association with the notion of female empowerment. But at the same time, Hollywood realities were forcing producers and execs to acknowledge that while women directors increasingly work in the indie drama spheres or in TV comedy, few have taken on big-budget, CG-laden tentpoles. In fact, in recent history of comic book movies, no project has been directed by a woman. (Patty Jenkins came close on Thor: The Dark World but left the project and was replaced by Alan Taylor.)”

(Source: Hollywoodreporter.com)