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In Hollywood, playing by the rules doesn’t cut it, especially as they keep changing. After directing her 2003 feature debut “Monster,” which won Charlize Theron the Best Actress Oscar, Patty Jenkins was inundated with offers to direct. They just weren’t what she was looking for. And when she decided to direct television for money – and movies for love – her advisers counseled her against it. But she helped to launch “Arrested Development” on Fox and AMC mystery series “The Killing,” and landed an Emmy nomination and DGA win for that 2011 pilot.
Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set of “Wonder Woman”
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When Marvel changed direction on a superhero movie Jenkins had agreed to make, and proceeded with “Thor” instead, Jenkins withdrew as director. She knew that the odds were not in her favor, and should the movie not come out well, she’d be held more accountable than any male director. Things worked out: she had more passion for and control over Warner Bros./DC’s groundbreaking global blockbuster “Wonder Woman.” But rather than follow that with another commercial studio movie, Jenkins zagged again, pursuing a TNT series written by her husband Sam Sheridan, noir thriller “I Am the Night,” starring Chris Pine.
Jenkins would not have done it any other way. “I learned a lot,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to be the director who took on ‘Wonder Woman’ had I not done the TV I did. I tried on all different things with new bosses and different tools. It was clarifying and illuminating.”
“I Am the Night”
On the set of “Wonder Woman,” Jenkins told Pine about this true, dark Los Angeles “Black Dahlia” story, and he couldn’t forget it. Her writer husband had been developing the project for years. Suddenly, industry forces started to line up: what didn’t quite fit...
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