September 11, 2017
Geek Buzz: Patty Jenkins Officially Directing ‘Wonder Woman 2,’ Rian Johnson Not Likely Directing ‘Star Wars 9’
Fans of movies about super females and other extraordinary characters, here are some updates to some highly anticipated projects:
Patty Jenkins to Direct Wonder Woman 2
Although not surprising, news that Patty Jenkins will return to helm the Wonder Woman sequel is now official, according to Variety. Jenkins, whose DC superhero movie is the second-highest grossing release of this year in the US, has already been busy writing the script for Wonder Woman 2 with Geoff Johns.
She’s signed on to earn the highest payday ever for a woman director, with her salary being somewhere around $8 million and profit points sure to make her even richer. Deservedly so! With Jenkins back with returning star Gal Gadot, we can anticipate a sequel as good as the first, possibly set in the 1980s.
Wonder Woman 2 is due for release on December 13, 2019.
Rian Johnson Not Likely to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX
In other directorial news, the vacant seat left by a departing Colin Trevorrow to helm Star Wars: Episode IX remains up in the air. Rian Johnson, who helmed the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode XIII), stated in a recent Japanese press conference that he isn’t sure who will be at the helm, but probably not him. Here are his exact words, via /Film:
It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it…for me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience. Now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I’m not really thinking about that right now. Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going.
Just two months ago, however, Johnson did offer this hint that he wouldn’t be against coming back for more:
I would do another SW movie in a heartbeat. I’ve had the time of my life.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 20, 2017
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently set for release on May 24, 2019.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Speaking of Johnson, the writer-director also told Japanese press that his pal Joseph Gordon-Levitt will have some sort of cameo in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Gordon-Levitt, who has starred in two of Johnson’s previous features and appeared in a third, will apparently be heard rather than seen, according to ScreenCrush.
Will he be a Stormtrooper? An alien? We’ll have to wait until the movie comes out and listen closely. Another of Johnson’s pals and regular actors, Noah Segan, also has a brief role. Other non-confirmed cameos for The Last Jedi include Justin Theroux, Gareth Edwards, Tom Hardy, and Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Last Jedi opens on December 15.