With director Michelle MacLaren and star Gal Gadot now in place, the search is on for a screenwriter for Wonder Woman, due to premiere from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment on June 23, 2017. With MacLaren set to both direct and “develop” the film, speculation was that the original screenplays previously set up at Warners would be discarded.
Now The Hollywood Reporter says actor and writer Jason Fuchs is in talks to write the film. His writing credits are a fairly short list, with Ice Age: Continental Drift as the only major motion picture to his name that has seen a theatrical release. However, he also wrote Pan for WB, which is one of two blockbuster tentpoles of theirs for Summer 2015, alongside Mad Max: Fury Road.
The new screenwriter, as well as how MacLaren was announced, now almost certainly means any previous scripts, including the rumored “period piece” nature of the film, have been scrapped.
Wonder Woman is set to be the fourth film in DC’s new cinematic universe, which launched with Man of Steel and continues with 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. It’s positioning prior to the first Justice League film, due to premiere five months later, is notable as the movie, also the first modern major female superhero film, should serve as some level of lead-in to the team-up picture.
Marvel Studios also has plans for a female-led film, Captain Marvel, set for a July 6, 2018 release. No casting, writing, or directing have been announced for the movie yet, however. Marvel's hit machine will first test the female lead concept with their Netflix co-production Jessica Jones, with multiple reports and confirmation that Krysten Ritter will play the titular lead in the 13 episode series set to follow Spring 2015’s Daredevil.