Patty Jenkins is returning for the Wonder Woman sequel. After an unusually lengthy and tough negotiation, the director has closed a deal with Warner Bros. to helm, co-write and produce the sequel. The deal is precedent-setting, making Jenkins the highest-paid female filmmaker in history, though getting to this point was quite challenging, according to a source.
For those who do not know, Jenkins came on to Wonder Woman as a replacement for director Michelle McLaren, who left the project over creative differences. But she became an indispensable figure and, along with star Gal Gadot, the face of the movie in the months before its June opening. However, she only had a one movie deal.
When the film became a hit, bringing in $103 million in its opening weekend, Jenkins and her camp found themselves in a very enviable position. Wonder Woman grossed $402 million domestically and has topped the $800 million mark worldwide.
Sources say Jenkins will receive directing and writing fees in the high seven figures – somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range, but more significantly, will have a considerable backend.