Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmaker Michelle MacLaren to develop and direct Wonder Woman, following a report from two weeks ago that the filmmaker was in early talks to take on the project.
Michelle MacLaren will work closely with the project's writers, who remain unnamed at this point, to craft the screenplay. Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, will first be introduced in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. No story details have been confirmed at this time, but we reported last month that the movie may be a prequel set in the 1920s, with half of the movie focusing on Amazonian factions vying for control of Paradise Island. The story will then shift to America in the 1920s, where a mysterious man takes Wonder Woman after he arrives on Paradise Island.
The studio has been searching for a director since this summer, with Warner Bros. also meeting with other directors such as Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland). Michelle MacLaren has always been considered the front runner, due to her critically-acclaimed work on Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. She has also directed episodes of The Leftovers and the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.