Patty Jenkins just closed a deal that made history. The Wonder Woman filmmaker is set to direct, co-write, and produce the sequel to this summer’s blockbuster with Wonder Woman 2. The deal makes Jenkins the highest-paid female filmmaker in history. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources say Jenkins will receive directing and writing fees in the high seven figures (think somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range) on Wonder Woman 2 but, more significantly, will have a considerable backend. (At her peak, filmmaker Nancy Meyers earned in the $5 million range, according to sources.) The deal is a superheroic leap for Jenkins, who was paid $1 million for directing the initial Wonder Woman but was looking to get something more on the level of Zack Snyder’s pay after he helmed Man of Steel, according to sources. Just as Wonder Woman broke barriers for superhero movies, Jenkins’ deal breaks a glass ceiling for women directors.
To put it another way, Jenkins was paid only $1 million to direct a film that has raked in $800 million since its debut — and it’s still opening in countries around the world. Unacceptable, Hollywood.
Make. That. Bank.
Star Gal Gadot has already been confirmed to return for the sequel, which is slated for a December 13, 2019 release.