Patty Jenkins broke her silence on the news of her split from Warner Bros. in the sequel to “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Jenkins participated in a Mail on Twitter. “I was open to the thought of anything that was asked of me. I was understanding that there was nothing I could have done to move anything forward at this time. DC is obviously buried in the changes they have to make, so I understand those decisions are difficult right now.” “.
Jenkins’ statement comes about a week after news broke that Warner Bros. has moved her treatment to a third “Wonder Woman” movie, sparking an avalanche of speculation about what the news might indicate about DC’s future. It also sparked headlines indicating that Jenkins had rejected efforts to remake the film to fit the emerging plans of DC studios by newly appointed heads James Gunn and Peter Safran.
In her statement, Jenkins said the story was “simply incorrect”: “I am not one to talk about private professional matters, but I will not allow mistakes to continue.”
About an hour after Jenkins made her statement, Gunn supported Her response on Twitter was, “I can attest that all of my interactions with Peter, and interactions with you, have been only pleasant and professional.”
In her statement, Jenkins also said that while she was still in active development on the “Star Wars” Rogue Squadron movie, she initially left the project after realizing that work on the film would delay a third “Wonder Woman” movie.
When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to it [“Rogue Squadron”] After, after [“Wonder Woman 3″], which I was honored to do, so I agreed,” Jenkins wrote. “They made a new deal with me. In fact, I’m still on this project and this project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We never do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its future potential.”
Lucasfilm and Jenkins announced “Rogue Squadron” in December 2020; At the time, it was supposed to be Lucasfilm’s first feature film after 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and was set to debut in theaters in 2023. But Disney officially pulled the film from its schedule in September. .
But Jenkins’ hopeful tone about “Rogue Squadron” belies the rest of her statement, which reads as a farewell to the “Wonder Woman” series.
“I don’t want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to go down in a negative light,” Jenkins wrote. “I have loved and been so honored to be the person to make these last two Wonder Woman movies. She is an incredible character.”
Along with the movie fans and filmmaking crew, Jenkins paid tribute to actress Lynda Carter, who played the superhero on TV in the late 1970s and had a role in Wonder Woman 1984, and her co-star Gal Gadot: “Where do I even begin? Gal is the greatest gift.” I’ve had her on this whole journey. A dear friend, inspiration, and sister.”
Here is Jenkins’ full statement:
Sigh… I’m not one to talk about private, professional matters, but I won’t allow inaccuracies to persist. Here are the facts:
I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and fruitful development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I didn’t want to delay WW3 any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to RS after World War III, which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I’m still on this project and this project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We never do this until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its future potential.
As the backlash about World War III not happening, a catchy clickbait bogus story that I was the one to kill or walk away began to circulate. This is simply not true. I didn’t go away. I was open to thinking anything asked of me. I understood that there was nothing I could do to push anything forward at this time. DC is clearly buried in the changes they have to make, so I understand those decisions are difficult right now.
I don’t want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to come down negatively. I’ve loved and been so honored to be the person to make these last two Wonder Woman movies. She is an incredible character. Living in and around its values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy a wonderful future ahead, with or without me.
Walking alongside Lynda Carter, the absolute legend and beacon of goodness and light, was such a treat. I learned a lot from her and will always cherish her as a friend and mentor. My crew was like family and they fight every day to bring the best movies to the world. And gal… Gal Gadot. where do I start? Gal is the greatest gift I’ve received on this entire trip. A dear friend, inspiration and sister. There are no words I can use to express how magical it is. She is the walking embodiment of Wonder Woman in real life and a better person than the world can imagine. I’ve never seen one in the millions of moments I’ve spent with her. It is a gift to this world, and more than that, to me.
Last, but most importantly, THANK YOU to the amazing WW fans, and for all your love and support. Wonder Woman fans aren’t often the most visible in the media and online, but I want you to know that we’ve always seen and celebrated you and your importance. You were first and foremost on our minds every day we made the last two movies. You are the best and most loving people and I always look forward to celebrating you.
Thank you all for this wonderful trip. Keep up the Wonder Woman spirit. On any given day you’re having difficulties, try asking: What would Wonder Woman do? May the beacon of love, truth, and justice always be there to lead the way for you, as it did for me.
Angelique Jackson contributed to this report.
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