The film rights for the popular Barbie doll recently landed a new home at Warner Bros, which has left many wondering who will direct the project. Well, according to Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, it will not be her.
While at the Sundance Film Festival promoting her new TNT show I Am the Night, Deadline sat down with the lady behind Wonder Woman 1984 to discuss a number of things, including the upcoming Barbie film. When asked about the possibility of directing Barbie, Patty Jenkins said the following:
“It’s something we’ve definitely talked about. It’s not something I’m planning on doing right now.”
The Wonder Woman 1984 visionary continued:
“I’m not available to do it anytime soon. It’s fun to talk about. I’m not the person directing it at the moment.”
Patty Jenkins also confirmed in the interview that Wonder Woman 1984 just finished shooting, so the director will obviously be pre-occupied with post-production up until the anticipated sequel’s release. It also makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to attach her to the Barbie project after her last film grossed over $700 million at the worldwide box office. It all depends on how soon the studio is looking to get the Barbie film off the ground. If Jenkins simply cannot fit it into her schedule, she might at least be brought aboard as some kind of producer.
What do you think of this? Do you think Patty Jenkins will be directing Barbie after Wonder Woman 1984 or do you believe that her schedule is just too packed at the moment? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Full details on the Wonder Woman 1984 plot are currently unknown, though the film will follow the titular hero as she comes into conflict with the Soviet Union in the 1980s and encounters a formidable new adversary named Cheetah.
Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wigg, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theater on November 1, 2019.