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Patty Jenkins On Wonder Woman 1984 Going to Streaming, If She’ll Direct a Third Film

December 23, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Wonder Woman 1984

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 hits HBO Max and theaters on Friday, and the director discussed the situation in a new interview with the New York Times. HBO Max’s decision to release the film on streaming and in theaters predated their bombshell announcement that their entire 2021 slate would follow the same release, which has seen a ton of pushback from the industry.

Jenkins told the Times that she isn’t entirely certain she’s willing to direct a third film if it would be destined for streaming, though she’d be up for it in a theatrical model situation. You can check out the highlights below:

On when she got contacted about the film’s HBO Max release: “Two or three weeks before we announced it. It was weird, because the whole year I was afraid of that, and everybody at the studio kept saying, ‘No way, we’ll never do that,’ because you have to make so much money with this thing. So when they suggested it, I was shocked. We did not agree right away — it was a very, very long process, and I don’t know that they would have let us disagree based on what they’ve been doing now. But I was conveniently into it for this movie.”

On if she believes that Warner Bros.’ HBO Max day-and-date plan will only last a year: “I would like to believe that it is temporary, but I’m not sure I do. But I’ll tell you, some studio’s going to go back to the traditional model and cause tremendous upheaval in the industry, because every great filmmaker is going to go work there. And the studios that make this radical change [of moving their theatrical releases to a streaming service], particularly without consulting the artists, will end up with a very empty slate of quality filmmakers working there.”

On if she’s planning to direct a third Wonder Woman: “We’ll see what happens. I really don’t know. I know that I’d love to do the third one if the circumstances were right and there was still a theatrical model possible. I don’t know that I would if there wasn’t.”