With Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice having recently wrapped up production, we’re one step closer to seeing the DC shared movie universe take shape. Once we see Bruce Wayne and Kal-El share the screen, films such as Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman will be arriving directly on its heels.
Since the latter two comic book movies are next in line following Dawn of Justice, it’s understandable why WB has put so much time and energy into them as 2014 winds down, with the former having officially locked in its star-studded cast and the latter setting Michelle MacLaren to call the shots. Now, a new and interesting development regarding the screenwriter for Diana’s solo outing has emerged.
A few weeks back, Pan writer Jason Fuchs was brought in to work on the script, but it looks like he has some competition. According to scribe Arash Amel (whose credits include Erased and Grace of Monaco), WB has hired six different writers to pen six different screenplays for Wonder Woman with the intention of choosing the “best” one for production:
This isn’t a new practice for WB/DC, either. You may recall a few months ago, the studio signed off on two separate scripts for the Aquaman movie due out in 2018 and will select the one it feels will make the stronger film. Tentpoles typically see a few writers take a stab at the script, but usually all parties involved are collaborating on a singular vision for the movie and not working on dueling screenplays in hopes that the studio executives will pick theirs to be seen by the world.
In a different tweet, Amel expressed concern about the business strategy, calling it “wrong on so many levels.” From the perspective of a screenwriter, it’s easy to see why he feels that way. The six writers are all probably getting paid for their services, but only one will get the career boost of being “the writer of Wonder Woman,” which could lead to more work. On the other hand, Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci Tweeted that the story he’s heard is that WB plans to “merge the scripts,” so there may be multiple scribes who ultimately get credit here.
In a twisted way, WB deserves credit for pursuing the best product possible, but there are more efficient and arguably better ways to do that. The studio could have easily hired one promising screenwriter and then called upon others to polish the treatment if needed (like on many similar titles), or held discussions with possible candidates to see which scribe best fits MacLaren’s vision for the film. It seems a bit much to have several people write their own scripts and submit them like they’re on a game show.
At the same time, it’s important to take this with a grain of salt. Amel only cites “someone” without providing further details as to who that may be. However, he is an industry professional, so it stands reason that he has some connections with this kind of insider info. And given WB’s history with hiring multiple writers simultaneously, his report is all the more plausible.
WB has illustrated a knack for acquiring top-notch talent for their upcoming DC films thus far, so hopefully that’s a sign the studio knows what it’s doing in general now…
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Wonder Woman will be in theaters June 23, 2017.
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