After giving DC its most successful filmWonder Woman this year, Patty Jenkins is officially set to return as the director for its sequel. She has closed a deal with Warner Bros to helm, co-write and produce the follow-up to the Gal Gadot-starrer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jenkins will reportedly receive a seven-figure directing and writing fee, which is said to be in the range of $7 million to $9 million. This will make her Hollywood’s highest paid female director.
Notably, she was paid only $1 million for the first installment of Wonder Woman, and her contract did not explicitly include a role in the sequel.
The first film has earned Patty Jenkins the distinction of being the director of the highest grossing film made by a woman, leaving behind Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. It recently crossed the $410 million mark in North America, and its overseas box office collection is pegged at over $800 million.
Wonder Woman is now the 11th most successful superhero film in terms of box office collections, beating fan-favourites like Deadpool, Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel’s The Avengers is at the top spot, and it is followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.
The Wonder Woman sequel was confirmed last month at San Diego Comic-Con and a 13 December 2019 release date was also announced. Gadot has also been tapped to return for the sequel.