Many have felt that Warner Bros. and DC Comics' announcement of 10 movie titles over the course of the next 5 years was a knee-jerk reaction to the success of Marvel and Disney's superhero franchises. A new rumor hints at that being somewhat true. If the rumor pans out, it's clear WB and DC really don't have much of a plan moving forward. According to screenwriter Arash Amel, the studio has hired six different writers to all go off into their own little corner of the universe and develop six different screenplays for the first Wonder Woman movie. Warner Bros. will then presumably pick the one they like most, or cannibalize the scripts, forming a Frankenstein-type screenplay with all the best scenes from the various works culled together.
Wonder Woman, set for release in 2017, will follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, both arriving in 2016. With Batman v Superman already shot and in pre-production, WB has been concentrating on getting Suicide Squad of the ground, already announcing a director and cast. Now, it seems the studio is working furiously to get Wonder Woman together, having already locked in director Michelle Maxwell MacLaren. She is not only directing the movie, but developing it from the get-go, and she will have full creative input into which ever screenplay moves forward.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that WB brought in their Pan screenwriter Jason Fuchs to start developing the screenplay for Wonder Woman. But now it looks like he will have some competition. Though, none of the other writers have been named, and its possible that Jason Fuchs is one of the six.
This isn't a new practice for DC and Warner Bros. They reportedly did the exact same thing with the Aquaman script, hiring two writers to write completely different versions of the screenplay. And its not unusual for a big blockbuster movie to have anywhere from 2 to 7 writers working on a screenplay throughout the life of the project. Though, in his tweets, Arash Amel, known for his work on Erased, Grace of Monaco and the unproduced WarGames remake, goes onto call the practice unfair in his series of tweets. It should be noted that at this time, none of this has been confirmed by Warner Bros. or DC, or any of the trade publications. What do you think of this practice?
Someone just told me six writers have been hired to simultaneously write six versions of Wonder Woman movie. WHAT?— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014
Worrying trend of simultaneous dev on major franchises growing. This is wrong on so many levels.— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014
I'm sure Hollywood screenwriter's career will soon resemble the sweatshop that makes tennis shoes for Nike.— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014
Come on WGA. Where the fuck are you?— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014
And what are we paying WGA for if not to stop unfair practices? Failed on 1-step deals. Failed on producer passes. Failing now. Pass.— Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014