Whedon Leaves Paradise (Island)
take this from the horse's mouth. On the heels of Warner
Brothers buying a spec script for Wonder Woman set in World
War II, Joss Whedon has confirmed on the fansite Whedonesque
that he is no longer on the project.
We're running the picture because,
let's face it, she's prettier than Joss.
no longer slated to make Wonder Woman," he writes this
weekend, "What? But how? My chest... so tight! Okay,
stay calm and I'll explain as best I can. It's pretty complicated,
so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody
liked. Hey, not that complicated."
and perhaps not. The purchase of the spec script certainly
had fans concerned, despite insistence that it was just
a legal precaution, in case the script had anything in it
that was similar to what Whedon was planning.
writer has taken it with good humor, though, and proves
that he knows his way around the Hollywood game.
me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver
Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different
movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs
in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all
the time. I don't think any of us expected it to this time,
but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what
a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about
what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple
slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little
bit, but others may have differing views.
worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the
studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls
into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the
clarity and grace to skip that part. So I'm a free man."
a point, as we know that he has another film project, Goners,
while finishing up Astonishing X-Men, taking over
Runaways, and launching Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Season Eight in comic book form at Dark Horse.
stressing in the post that he never had an actress in mind
for the role in the first play, Whedon added a post-script:
"All right, it was Cobie Smulders. Sorry, Cobes."
Probably a joke, but it should make Ric Bretschneider happy.
Smulders got some heat for the role after a Sci Fi interview
in which she said she thought she'd make a good Wonder Woman.
this isn't the only "creative difference" going
on with Warner Brothers adapting one of their DC properties;
David S. Goyer has allegedly posted on his MySpace that
he is off The Flash. Right now, however, we cannot
confirm that rumor.
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