PICTURES AND WARNER BROS. PICTURES SIGN JOSS WHEDON TO WRITE & DIRECT
DC COMICS' WONDER WOMAN
Silver Pictures, producer of the revolutionary, $3 billion-grossing Matrix
franchise, has signed Joss Whedon, creator of the phenomenally popular
Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, to write and direct the feature
film action adventure Wonder Woman based on the DC Comics character. The
announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production,
Warner Bros. Pictures.
"We are excited about working with Joss," Robinov said. "He
brings great energy and creativity to the process. His work on Buffy makes
him uniquely qualified to handle the Wonder Woman character."
"There's no one better than Joss to adapt the legendary Wonder Woman
comic book character created in the 1940s into a dynamic feature film
for 21 st century audiences," producer Joel Silver added. "Wonder
Woman was the first great female superhero to emerge from comic books
and later inspire millions of fans in her television incarnation, but
unlike her counterparts Batman and Superman, this groundbreaking heroine
has yet to be reinvented for the feature film arena."
"Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but
in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said.
"What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them,
exploring the price of their power. When Joel and I began discussing the
character, I realized there is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating,
very uncompromising, and in her own way, almost vulnerable. She's someone
who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that
way about themselves, the character clicked for me."
Whedon created and executive produced the hit television series Buffy
the Vampire Slayer , which ran for seven seasons on The WB and UPN, based
on his screenplay for the 1992 feature film of the same name. Whedon also
created and executive produced the successfulBuffy spin-off series Angel
, and wrote the screenplays for the films Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection.
He is currently completing post-production on the feature film Serenity,
which he wrote and directed based on his television series Firefly.
Wonder Woman will be produced by Joel Silver and Leonard Goldberg, and
is based on the DC Comics character created by William Moulton Marston.
Wonder Woman will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner
Bros. Entertainment Company.