Hol­ly­wood sticks to its guns

Abrams re­turns to Star Wars, Jenk­ins gets Wonder Woman se­quel

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

There are two big de­vel­op­ments in the world of hol­ly­wood film di­rect­ing: J.J. abrams is re­turn­ing to Star Wars, re­plac­ing Colin trevor­row as writer and di­rec­tor of Episode IX. And patty Jenk­ins will fol­low up her suc­cess at the helm of Wonder Woman by also di­rect­ing its se­quel — a deal set to make her the high­est-paid fe­male movie di­rec­tor in the world.

Dis­ney an­nounced tues­day that abrams would re­turn. af­ter sev­eral high-pro­file ex­its by pre­vi­ous Star Wars di­rec­tors, lu­cas­film is turn­ing to the film­maker who helped res­ur­rect the fran­chise in the first place. abrams will co-write the film with screen­writer Chris ter­rio, who won an Os­car for adapt­ing Argo, the ben af­fleck movie based on the story of the res­cue of U.s. hostages in iran in which Canada played a ma­jor role.

As the di­rec­tor of The Force Awak­ens, Episode VII, abrams re­booted Star Wars to largely glow­ing re­views from fans and more than $2 bil­lion in box of­fice. abrams had said that would be his only film for the fran­chise, but he’s now been pulled back in.

Abrams also di­rected the suc­cess­ful re­boot of the Star Trek film fran­chise in 2009, star­ring Chris pine — who also co-stars in Wonder Woman.

Lu­cas­film pres­i­dent Kathleen Kennedy said abrams “de­liv­ered ev­ery­thing we could have pos­si­bly hoped for” on The Force Awak­ens and added “i am so ex­cited that he is com­ing back to close out this tril­ogy.”

Star Wars: Episode IX is ex­pected to hit the­atres in may of 2019.

And Jenk­ins has of­fi­cially signed on to di­rect the se­quel to Wonder Woman.

A Warner bros. rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed her re­turn on mon­day af­ter Va­ri­ety first re­ported the news.

Jenk­ins was widely ex­pected to re­turn for the se­quel af­ter Wonder Woman be­came both a crit­i­cal suc­cess and a global hit at the box of­fice, earn­ing more than $816 mil­lion world­wide this sum­mer. Ne­go­ti­a­tions took months to fi­nal­ize a deal for Jenk­ins to re­turn.

The Hol­ly­wood Reporter says her deal, re­ported to be in the range of $7 mil­lion to $9 mil­lion, makes Jenk­ins the high­est-paid fe­male film­maker in his­tory. Jenk­ins will di­rect, pro­duce and co-write the se­quel. the stu­dio de­clined com­ment on her pay.

Wonder Woman has an av­er­age score of 76 on meta­critic.com and a 92-per-cent “fresh” rat­ing on rot­ten­toma­toes.com.

Star Gal Gadot will also reprise her role as the ama­zo­nian war­rior diana prince in the se­quel, sched­uled to hit the­atres in de­cem­ber 2019.

Jenk­ins is said to be work­ing on the se­quel script with writer-ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Johns. she also re­port­edly has a six-part tv true-crime se­ries in the works for U.s. chan­nel tnt, with pine head­lin­ing.

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Di­rec­tor-pro­ducer J.J. Abrams poses for a por­trait March 2, to pro­mote The Play That Goes Wrong at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Abrams is re­turn­ing to Star Wars, and will re­place Colin Trevor­row as writer and di­rec­tor of Episode IX.

Chris pizzello/the as­so­ci­ated Press

Di­rec­tor Patty Jenk­ins poses at the 45th AFI Life Achieve­ment Award Trib­ute to Keaton at the Dolby Theatre in Los An­ge­les, June 8. Jenk­ins has of­fi­cially signed on to di­rect the se­quel to Wonder Woman.

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