These days Michelle MacLaren ends up on every fan list of directors wanted to helm big projects. She’s a big time TV director, showing her talents on Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, but has yet to break into features. When the rumor began that Warner Bros. wanted a female director for their 2017 Wonder Woman movie, MacLaren’s name kept popping up. At the start, that was nothing more than talk. Now, multiple sources have revealed that MacLaren is the frontrunner for the coveted position. Read more about the possible Wonder Woman director below.
Update: MacLaren has now signed to develop and direct Wonder Woman. A few more new details are below, following our original report.
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Warner Bros.’ news of the full DC Comics movie slate was big for many reasons. It showed a commitment to a brand fans know and love. It showed the scope of the company’s plan. And buried under all those names and dates, it showed a commitment to diversity. Among the films, Warner Bros. announced the first female solo superhero film as well as the first African-American superhero film since the superhero craze really kicked into gear. Those films, of course, are Wonder Woman and Cyborg.
If that’s not enough, it turns out Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot. Below, read more about that as well as five awesome choices for the Wonder Woman director chair. Read More »
Last week, Edgar Wright suddenly departed from Marvel Studio’s big screen adaptation of Ant-Man, with an official statement citing “differences in their vision of the film” as reasons for the “amicable” split. Marvel Studios says they still plan to have Ant-Man in theaters for the announced July 17th 2015 release date, and Marvel has already begun a search for a new director. The movie will have to begin filming this Summer to make that date, so an announcement will likely come soon. So who should replace Edgar Wright to direct Ant-Man? I explore this question in the article below.
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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode. The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E10 “Buried”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show. There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories. No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show. So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.
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Briefly: Quick, what is one of the most unexpectedly fantastic-looking things we’ve seen lately? Right: images from the pilot of The Walking Dead, directed by Frank Darabont. (None too surprising there.) While we haven’t seen any actual footage from the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic, frequent Stephen King collaborator Darabont seems to be going all out based on still photos.
But we’ve known that Mr. Darabont wouldn’t be around to direct the whole six-episode order of The Walking Dead‘s first season, and now there’s word that one of the short season’s directors might be Michelle MacLaren, producer on The X-Files and director of four episodes of Breaking Bad.
I haven’t actually seen Breaking Bad yet (I know, I know) but conventional wisdom has it that the show is one of the best things to hit TV, period. So (a) AMC is working with a known quantity in the form of MacLaren, and (b) that is probably a very, very good thing. I’m sure folks will sound off in the comments with respect to where MacLaren’s episodes fit in on the Breaking Bad greatness scale, but on the face of it, this sounds like good news.
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