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Joss Whedon - "Wonder Woman" Movie - No more writing & directing for him !

Saturday 3 February 2007, by Webmaster

"You (hopefully) heard it here first: I’m no longer slated to make Wonder Woman. What? But how? My chest... so tight! Okay, stay calm and I’ll explain as best I can. It’s pretty complicated, so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated.

Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.

The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I’m a free man.

Well, sorta. There is that "Goners" movie I can finally finish polishing, and plenty of other things in the hopper I’ve wanted to pursue. I’m as relieved as I am disappointed, and both of those things lead to drink, so that’s a plus. Truly, you may be hearing some interesting things brewing in the coming months. But all potential jets therein will be visible.

But most importantly, I never have to answer THAT question again!!!! And you don’t have to link to every rumor site! Finally and forever: I never had an actress picked out, or even a consistant front-runner. I didn’t have time to waste on casting when I was so busy air-balling on the script. (No! Rim! There was rim!) That’s the greatest relief of all. I can do interviews again!

Thanks for your time. You are the people who make the world go ’round. Or, no, science does that."

- joss

ps : All right, it was Cobie Smulders. Sorry, Cobes.

5 Forum messages

  • Yeah saw this coming. Warner Bros ( the makers ) are very ( VERY ) picky. When one little thing does not go their way they pull plugs and throw there toys around. Sad thing is Wonder Woman will end up going downhill from here on. ( I hope i’m wrong ) But good news is we’ll get more Joss minded projects now. ( meaning more joss’s own ideas less studio )

    To prove how picky Warner Bros are ..... David Goyer ( who made the Blade movies and co wrote Batman Begins) was to make the big screen version of "The Flash" ( for warner bros ) He’s now off it ....Same reasons as Joss.

    There’s even a rumor over at Paramount that Lost Creator J.J Abrams is off the new Star Trek Movie ( same reasons as above )

    Studios loss I say... for all 3 guys.

  • This sucks. It didn’t feel right a few days ago when word broke that Warner Bros. had bought the other script, even if the official word was because they didn’t want the potential suit should any of Whedon’s stuff resemble their stuff. Now we know the truth.

    Or do we? This project has been in the works for next to forever, and every time something happened, Warners trotted it before the media as if "NOW we’re moving forward. No, really, this time it will happen." They made Joss’ involvement into a huge media event, and now they’ve fired him. So they’re making a big deal about this script, but will they use it? Or is it just another media event to keep people excited about Wonder Woman even though it’s not going anywhere?

    I’m no longer excited about Wonder Woman. I think Warner Bros. is going to find that the biggest chunk of buzz that was going on about this movie was that Joss Whedon was a part of it, because except for the Lynda Carter era, she’s never been one of the more beloved comics at DC. And there are a lot of us who feel the best person to keep Wonder Woman from turning into the next Elektra, Catwoman or Supergirl was Joss Whedon, and now he’s no longer involved.

  • I have to say my interest in seeing this film has greatly declined. I also have to hope this means you will have some time to devote to Angel spin off projects and the like. Whatever you decide, we, the true fans are with you.

    P.S. Science does not make the world go round. It merely noticed and reported on the fact.

  • Good for him! If they are not satisfied using his talents and knowledge of the genre to create this movie (which I don’t believe is strong enough to make the impact that Spiderman, X-Men, Superman etc) then he is better off somewhere else. Maybe now he will have time to concentrate on that "other" franchise he created..you know the one. :)
  • That’s too bad I had high hopes for his version of Wonder Woman.