So what if Wonder Woman isn’t really helping women in your mind, James Cameron. You know what is? Cold. Hard. MOOLAH!
Wonder Woman has raked in $816 million worldwide, and now it’s time to pony up the Benjis to keep that success rolling since, well, it was one of the few things anyone went and saw in theaters this summer. Gal Gadot is back for the sequel, and original Wonder Woman (and mail-order contacts maven of my childhood!) Lynda Carter has signed on. So it only makes sense to keep the sisterhood alive and well. Variety reports director Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to return for the sequel, which should come out sometime in December 2019.
Deets on the payday haven’t been released, but sources say it’s close to $8 million for Patty to write, produce, and direct Wonder Woman 2. If true, this gives her the biggest female director pay day in history. Let’s hear it for the boooooys….er – giiiiiiirls!
Patty will also reportedly get a big chunk of the film’s profits, which means that $8 million is really just a starting point. To put everything into perspective, Patty was reportedly paid $1 million for the first Wonder Woman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim the previous record holder was Nancy Meyers with somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million at her peak.
I really hope Patty uses some of these dollars to get a Bentley with the license plate “FMNIZM.” And maybe also that she makes a point of parking it in grouchy old James Cameron’s parking spot at SoHo House or whatever lair he goes to when he needs to ruminate on single-handedly saving the female species. Girl power!