Patty Jenkins is set to make history once again as the celebrated director of this year’s blockbuster hit Wonder Woman will helm a sequel to the superhero movie, which is slated to release in 2019.
The American film-maker and screenwriter will reportedly receive directing and writing fees somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range, which would make her the highest-paid female film-maker in history. She received around $1 million for the first Wonder Woman film.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that Patty Jenkins’ negotiations for a second Wonder Woman film began soon after the success of the superhero film’s opening weekend. However they dragged on and proved that it would be “challenging.”
Gal Gadot will return with her breakout role in Wonder Woman 2, which is scheduled to come out on December 13, 2019.
Both the director and the actress have faced criticism and praise for bringing the iconic comic character to life for the big screen. The Avatar director James Cameron said last month that he felt the film was “a step backwards” for women in Hollywood.
In response to Cameron’s comment, Jenkins wrote on Twitter, “James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great film-maker, he is not a woman.”
Her response continued, “Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far, have we?”
Speaking of the sequel, Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly in April that she is developing new ideas for Diana Prince. She told, “The story will take place in the US, which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”