Director Michelle MacLaren Drops Out of ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie
Fans were pretty stoked when it was announced that one of the most acclaimed female directors in the business at the moment had signed on to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. But alas, it was all too good to be true: Michelle MacLaren has dropped out as director of Wonder Woman over creative differences.
“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” the studio said, in a statement. Ultimately, there’s no real positive way to spin this, as “creative differences” between a studio and a director with integrity can often mean “the studio wanted something stupid in the movie, and the director decided she’d rather walk than have her name attached to it.”
Okay, maybe that’s a leap, but losing MacLaren for those reasons seems to suggest a lack of confidence in Warner Bros’s vision for Wonder Woman.
This was to have been MacLaren’s big-screen debut, although she’s far from a stranger to helming epic, high-stakes dramas. In addition to her work with HBO’s Game of Thrones, she’s directed episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, the latter of which earned her back-to-back Emmy Awards as a producer. Warner Bros. had initially been concerned about hiring a female director, since no female director has taken on a blockbuster of this magnitude before. Yet the prevailing belief within the studio was that a woman needed to direct Wonder Woman, owing to her status as a symbol of female empowerment. The loss of MacLaren is a huge blow to the production. However, it’s not known just yet how huge. Will this push back the film’s June 23, 2017 release date? Will the studio stick with their intention of having a female director? Regardless of the answer to those questions, MacLaren is a hell of a director, and it’s a real shame to lose her.