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Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren backed away from the highly-anticipated project, citing creative differences with Warner Bros. Just a few days later, Patty Jenkins came on board to replace her. Today we have new details from Variety about what those creative differences may have been. Multiple sources claim that the director's vision was "vastly different" from the studio's, since she wanted an "epic origin tale" in the same vein as Braveheart, while Warner Bros. wanted a more character-driven story with far less action.
The site's sources claim that that Warner Bros. executives became increasingly worried about her ability to deliver a "large-scale, action-packed production," since she has never directed a feature film before, although she has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. With Patty Jenkins now on board, the studio is expected to stick with a more character-based story. Patty Jenkins made her feature »
In order for a woman to land one of these gigs, she has to be truly impressive and have proven her chops, poise and talent. Indie directors making the transition to studio hires are always a gamble, male or female. They are used to being in control. Can they give that up and work well with others, are they able to communicate with not only cast and crew but the suits who routinely interfere with big-budget productions? It's always a challenge. Are women indies less willing to compromise? Men are more used to playing with the team (something you learn in sports) even if they are suffering in order to move ahead in their careers. There's also a big difference between a parting of the ways over creative differences during the laborious development phase, with countless studio notes during a long ramp-up to a project---tv director-for-hire Michelle MacLaren ("Game of Thrones, »
- Anne Thompson
With the white collar around his neck, you might think he's a man who follows God's word, but when he's melded with the otherworldly entity known as Genesis and God abandons his throne, Jesse focuses his attention on hunting down the big guy from upstairs. Since its first publication run from 1995 – 2000, readers have embraced the dark humor, thought-provoking writing, and visceral violence of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher comic book series, and with AMC's Preacher series pilot, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin are looking to bring that paneled page magic to the small screen. Following the casting of numerous key supporting characters, the lead role of Jesse Custer has been cast.
Seth Rogen announced via Twitter today that Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dracula Untold) has been cast in the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC's Preacher series pilot. »
- Derek Anderson
Out of the major comic book movie news to land in recent weeks, Michelle MacLaren’s departure from Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman has resonated the longest. Her initial appointment was met with excitement, intrigue and hope by those eager for an edgier take on the DC movie-verse after witnessing the director’s stellar work on Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad. That sense of enthusiasm led to sadness for many this week, however, as MacLaren exited after investing a fair amount into developing the project. While it took the studio mere days to source a replacement, suggesting the movie is still racing toward its 2017 release, there’s word from Variety (via Collider) now shedding light on why exactly her tenure was cut so short.
As MacLaren’s initial announcements implied, not only would she be directing, but she was also set to develop Wonder Woman, which means she had considerable »
- Gem Seddon
The search is over! AMC has finally cast Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer in its forthcoming comic book series Preacher. The one-time Howard Stark has been connected to the role for some time, surfacing in a variety of reports as the network’s main choice for the part. His name cropped up again last week as he was close to locking down a deal. And judging by a Tweet from one of the show’s enthusiastic co-creators, that’s now a sure thing:
We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
Rogen and his long-term creative partner Evan Goldberg have been developing the series for AMC alongside Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin, who also penned the pilot. Their shared enthusiasm over the original comic series, and a desire to do it justice, promises that this won’t be a family-friendly affair but will zero in on the darker, »
- Gem Seddon
Even sexy CW actors are obsessed with Breaking Bad! Diogo Morgado, star of The Messengers, The CW's spooky new sci-fi series, embraced his inner fanboy while filming his new show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Southwestern city, now-fabled setting of the hit AMC series (and subsequent spinoff, Better Call Saul), still houses plenty of Walter White-frequented locations -- the White homestead, A1A car wash (aka Octopus car wash), Los Pollos Hermanos (aka burrito and burger joint Twisters). Morgado told Us Weekly that he definitely took the Breaking [...] »
When Warner Bros. hired TV veteran Michelle MacLaren—who’s helmed some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones over the past few years—to direct Wonder Woman, most were enthused by the prospect of MacLaren finally getting a chance to shine on the big screen. Consequently, there was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment this week when Warner Bros. announced that MacLaren was now leaving the project due to creative differences over the vision for the DC Comics adaptation. WB didn’t waste any time finding a new director, hiring Monster helmer and one-time Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins to step in, and she’s a promising prospect for the first big screen iteration of the iconic Wonder Woman character. But still, many wondered why MacLaren didn’t work out on the project, seeing as how when she initially signed on, the wording of the press release »
- Adam Chitwood
While Warner Bros. made a swift decision this week to hire Patty Jenkins as its new “Wonder Woman” director, industry insiders are still chattering about why original helmer Michelle MacLaren suddenly vanished from the project.
The studio is declining to elaborate on the cliched “creative differences” joint statement that was issued when the two parted ways. But, according to multiple sources close to the project, the director’s vision for the movie was vastly different from the studio’s view. MacLaren envisioned the DC Comics-based “Wonder Woman” movie as an epic origin tale in the vein of “Braveheart,” whereas Warner wanted a more character-driven story that was less heavy on action.
Warner executives, these insiders said, became increasingly concerned about MacLaren directing a large-scale, action-packed production when her experience was limited to the small screen, where she made her name directing episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead. »
- Justin Kroll
Many people were skeptical when AMC announced they were actually going to go through with a Breaking Bad spin-off focusing on Saul Goodman, the morally compromised attorney who found himself deeply involved in Walter White's criminal enterprise. But it turns out that Better Call Saul is shockingly great, and it's actually the highest rated new cable show of the year.
Now we have a question for you: What is the best spin-off in the history of television? Feel free to vote for a 1970s classic like The Jeffersons or Laverne & Shirley, »
Paramount Pictures is in advanced talks to be involved in the production of a new adaptation of Chinese literary fantasy “The Monkey King.” The studio is partnered with a trio of Chinese firms headed by Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment.
The story has been adapted countless times for big- and smallscreen in China. The new version will likely hew closest to a 1980s TV series and include several of the actors from the series, notably Zhang Jinlai (aka ‘Liuxiaolingtong’).
The project was announced on Wednesday at a ceremony in Beijing that involved Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman. Moore believes that by bringing Hollywood technology and storytelling skills, the picture will have international appeal beyond Greater China.
Although director and screenwriters were not confirmed, »
- Patrick Frater
A little over a year ago, my wife wondered why I was still sitting down every Monday night for "How I Met Your Mother," given how much I would complain about it to her afterwards. "Is this one of those hate-watching things?" she asked. I told her that life was too short for hate-watching — especially in this new Golden Age of Too Much Good TV — and that I was with "Himym" til the end because the show gave me enough occasional glimpses of what it was like when it was good that I kept sticking around to see if they could get it together one more time, especially for the finale. (As it turned out, no they couldn't.) "Oh, I get it," she said. "You're not hate-watching. You're hope-watching!" And there it was: Hope-watching. It isn't the act of enduring a bad show for the sole purpose of mocking it, »
- Alan Sepinwall
After a long search, Warner Bros eventually hired Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead") to direct its upcoming "Wonder Woman" film. But just recently, MacLaren was removed from the project due to creative differences. The studio went back to searching for her replacement. And now comes word that Patty Jenkins (Monster) has signed a deal to take over the film. Jenkins was at one point set to direct "Thor: The Dark World," but lost the job to Alan Taylor. "Wonder Woman" stars Gal Gadot and is set to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017. »
Now here's a turn-up. Earlier this week, news broke that Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren was no longer at the helm of Warner Bros' Wonder Woman movie, that's set to star Gal Gadot in the lead role. "Creative differences" was the given reason, which could of course mean pretty much anything.
As many noted at the time, it brought back memories of the last time a woman was hired to direct a comic book movie. That'd be Patty Jenkins, who was the original director of Thor: The Dark World before in stepped "creative differences" and Marvel removed her from the project. Alan Taylor would direct the Thor sequel.
Though AMC has had some popular scripted series that have run for years, many others have been cancelled after just one season. How are the current crop of shows doing? Which will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Last update: Ratings for the most recent episode of Turn: Washington Spies added.
There's lots of data that AMC execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
The wheel turns. And quickly, this time. Just a day or so after it was announced that Breaking Bad veteran director Michelle MacLaren had left the job of making Wonder Woman for Warners due to creative differences, the studio has hired Monster’s Patty Jenkins to take her place. Jenkins was famously the first director hired to handle Thor: The Dark World, but despite her enthusiasm for the project, never quite saw eye to eye with the Marvel team and was replaced by Alan Taylor. Gal Gadot is playing the title character, making her first appearance in next March's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice before the Wonder Woman stand-alone adventure arrives in 2017. Jason Fuchs is writing the script for the film, with MacLaren collaborating while she was in development. After helping Charlize Theron to an Oscar with 2003’s Monster, Jenkins has largely worked in TV, kicking off The Killing »
DC has found their new director. After Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) departed the project two days ago over creative differences, it now appears as though Patty Jenkins (Monster) has come aboard to direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. This is a development made all the more interesting since Jenkins herself departed Thor: The Dark World because of those aforementioned creative differences before that Marvel project could begin shooting. I'm pretty impressed by how quickly Warner Bros. moved to secure a replacement. Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (Fast Five) is scheduled to hit in 2017 and they needed a to hire someone quick. They also needed to hire a woman (not only for political reasons, it also feels like the right thing to do for this project). Jenkins is a real talent, and it's nice that she'll be able to play in a big sandbox (a sandbox her initial »
- Evan Dickson
As a cinematographer, Michael Slovis has lensed 30 episodes of Breaking Bad, including standouts like "Fly," "Face Off," and "Ozymandias." As a director, he helmed four more. Last year, thanks to what he calls "the mutual adoration society" between Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, he landed a gig directing the first two episodes of Thrones' fifth season. We spoke to Slovis about some of his (and our) favorite scenes from Sunday night's season premiere.In the episode's prologue, flashbacks show a young Cersei Lannister visiting a woods witch to learn her future. As the fortune-teller warns her, "Everyone wants to know their future, until they know their future." "One of the great ways to tell a story is to open up a scene with a question: Why are you showing me this? And then, gradually, you answer it. If you come in knowing exactly what's going on, it tends to »
- Nate Jones
This week has already given us our first look at David Tennant’s Zebediah Kilgrave and Mike Colter’s Luke Cage from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, and now thanks to SpoilerTV we have a few more photos showing Tennant, Colter and leading lady Krysten Ritter on set; check them out here…
Working as a private investigator in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, a troubled ex-superhero’s past comes back to haunt her in the live-action series, ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.’”
A.K.A. Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Kilgrave, Rachael Taylor (Transformers) as Trish Walker / Hellcat, Eka Darville (The Originals) as Malcolm, Erin Moriarty (The Kings of Summer) as Hope, Wil Traval (Red Widow) as an NYPD officer and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Harper.
Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones »
- Gary Collinson
Lost Girl is returning to Syfy on Friday, April 17th, for its fifth, and final season, and its time to get excited for the return of Bo.
I got a chance to talk with Anna Silk recently, and it was quite the adventure trying to get any information out of her about the season. Syfy fans who are hot for spoilers will know that since the show has aired already in Canada, it probably isn’t too hard to find out some information, but Anna stuck to her guns about not giving things away… except for one little hint, and a few vague suggestions.
The show obviously lives and dies with Bo, and Silk’s ability to bring the kind of charisma to the character that helps to suck in audiences, and it was a treat to talk with her. Transcripts never do an interview justice, and I have to tell you, »
- Marc Eastman
With a title like The Sisterhood Of Night, images of Hammer Horror classics may come to mind, but director Caryn Waechter and screenwriter Marilyn Fu have something on their hands far more enriching of the teenage experience than just genre alone.Adapted from a short story by Stephen Millhauser, The Sisterhood Of Night evokes a time in a young woman's life when self-actualization, empowerment and community are key. Starring Georgie Henley (The Chronicles Of Narnia movies), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) ,Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar movies) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), The Sisterhood Of The Night acts as a modern spin on the Salem Witch trials, exploring what happens when a group of teenage girls shed the world of social media, and retreat into the woods,...
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