Reason for Michelle MacLaren's WONDER WOMAN Departure

Written by Andrew Pollard Monday, 20 April 2015

Movie News

Variety is reporting the actual reasoning for director Michelle MacLaren leaving Warner Brothers’ WONDER WOMAN.

MacLaren left the project at the beginning of last week, with the famed “creative differences” line being thrown out there as the reason for her departure. Elaborating on that, Variety claims that the plan that MacLaren had in mind was to make the film similar to Mel Gibson’s BRAVEHEART in the sense of war and epic battles. This was different to the studio’s plan, which apparently is for a character-driven story rather than one based around action.

Additionally, some higher-ups at Warners were said to be not totally sold on MacLaren’s previous credits in relation to giving her such a high-profile film to helm. She’s best known for work on TV shows such as THE WALKING DEAD, BREAKING BAD and GAME OF THRONES, and so this would have been her first time directing such a huge movie.

As it was, the WB would move quickly to replace Michelle MacLaren with MONSTER’s Patty Jenkins by the end of last week, with the current plan still to release WONDER WOMAN on the June 23rd, 2017 date that has already been announced.

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