With Wonder Woman raking in $621.3 million, Patty Jenkins has just become the female director with the highest grossing film ever.
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed she spoke about what the success of the history-making movie means for both women’s stories and female directors in Hollywood.
“On the one hand, I’m trying to just enjoy it as a great honour. And on the other hand, it’s sad when it makes you realise that there hasn’t been as many films [directed by women] as there should be, of course. It’s a huge deal for me and a huge honour. But it is interesting in the attention that it brings to the issue.”
Speaking on the opportunity that the industry has to tell more women’s stories, she said: “I would be very surprised if it didn’t happen at this point. They might just try to replicate the same kind of movie. But nevertheless, I think it would be hard not to notice this [success] and have that change the movies that studios are green-lighting — particularly in the fact that the old formulas are not so rock-solid. The kind of movies they have thought were the blockbusters, several of those have done badly this summer. So I think it would be hard not to notice the two things.”
Patty has already started working on Wonder Woman 2, revealing that “We’re working on making the contract official.” LLY