Won­der Woman 2 headed to the­atres ear­lier

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

The highly-an­tic­i­pated Won­der Woman se­quel has had its re­lease bumped up by six weeks to novem­ber 2019.

stu­dio bosses at Warner bros. had orig­i­nally pegged dec. 13, 2019, for ac­tress Gal Gadot’s next out­ing as the tit­u­lar su­per­heroine, but this week, they an­nounced the pro­ject would hit the­atres more than a month ear­lier than ex­pected, on nov. 1, 2019.

The new date means Won­der Woman 2 will no longer have to com­pete with Star Wars: Episode IX for box of­fice at­ten­tion so soon after its re­lease, as the sci-fi epic is sched­uled to open on dec. 20, 2019. The news emerges amid un­founded re­ports sug­gest­ing Gadot had threat­ened to quit as Won­der Woman un­less Warner bros. ex­ec­u­tives cut ties with pro­ducer brett rat­ner, who helped to fi­nance the first film via his ratPac-dune en­ter­tain­ment firm.

rat­ner is un­der fire over var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct from ac­tresses in­clud­ing olivia munn and natasha Hen­stridge. He has de­nied the claims, but an ar­ti­cle in the New York Post’s Pa­ge­six col­umn over the week­end al­leged Gadot was re­fus­ing to reprise her role if rat­ner re­mained in­volved. a Warner bros. rep has since dis­missed the ru­mour as “false.”

Patty Jenkins will re­turn to take charge of the next in­stal­ment, hav­ing re­cently se­cured a record-break­ing deal worth a re­ported $8 mil­lion — the high­est fig­ure ever awarded to a fe­male film­maker.

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