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Joss Whedon’s ‘Wonder’-ful Remake

wonderThe gears are finally in motion for Joss Whedon‘s big screen remake of Wonder Woman. It will be coming to a theater near you in 2011. And who will be playing the iconic character? According to WENN, it’s become a coveted role for many young Hollywood actresses. Eliza Dushku seems to be the favorite, so far. The original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter even gave her blessing: “Eliza would make a great Wonder Woman.” Other actresses being mentioned in association with the project are Megan Fox and Beyonce. And even actress Anna Friel, from Land of the Lost, has jumped on the bandwagon. She says, ” (At school) Everyone wanted to be Wonder Woman. I had Wonder Woman p[a]jamas.”

This is just the latest news in what has been a tumultuous path for Wonder Woman to reach the big screen, even in Hollywood terms. It’s been in the development factory for a while now and Whedon, himself, has had an on-again off-again relationship with it for over four years. Last February he explained via his blog that he was no longer associated with the project, citing basic creative differences with the studio. As soon as March, however, he appeared to be back on board.

The Wonder Woman saga is only one example of Whedon’s underdog triumph over the studios and his critics. When his sci-fi drama, Dollhouse premiered on Fox in February, some critics dismissed it, predicting it would be another one of his short-lived TV excursions (a la Serenity) which would develop a small group of cult fans who would go on to mourn its inevitable passing. Whedon responded, insisting that the show’s lack of cohesion was due to studio meddling and that future episodes would be better. Then, as promised, both the quality of the show and the ratings improved dramatically over the course of  its fifteen episode run. The most recent news is that it has been renewed for another season. All of this comes on top of the huge success that Whedon has had with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, his online web series which has become a top selling, number one Itunes phenomena. I doubt Hollywood will be underestimating him again anytime soon. Now if he can just use his clout to stop the new Buffy movie from being made.

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  1. July 2nd, 2009 at 21:10 | #1

    Not sure how I feel about a Wonderwoman remake. The history of the series has been pretty dismal. On the flip side, Joss Whedon’s creations are usually pretty good. And Eliza Dushku is certainly capable of fitting into the costume, which must be a super power all its own.

  1. November 4th, 2009 at 16:59 | #1