Saturday, February 03, 2007

No Wonder Whedon Woman

This sad news from Superhero Hype, my news website of choice, that Joss Whedon is no longer attached to the Wonder Woman movie (from his official blog):

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.

This sucks, but if you study contemporary cinema it's to be expected, are the studios really going to trust a leftist, feminist sci-fi geek with a multi-million dollar franchise ? (as much as we'd like it to happen) God know's who they're going to get now, Brett Ratner? Bryan Singer ? (they would never be mentioned in the same breath before Superman Returns) a perfect world Kathryn Bigelow would direct Wonder Woman.

The sad fact is, you are never going to get a satisfactory Wonder Woman film until the Hollywood system stops being fundamentally sexist and racist, so we'll expect the 4-D smell-0-vision version in the year 4,000 then....

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

This is sad news indeed ... As much as that "Goners" project, I'd imagine he was also more than a bit distracted by that Buffy comic book coming out soon