Monday Movie Report: ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Has Some Early Ideas For Sequel

“Wonder Woman” smashed the box office this weekend, taking in more than $100 million from moviegoers, marking the highest opening gross for a female director. Now that director, Patty Jenkins, is talking about her ideas for a potential sequel.

Entertainment Weekly reports that while the filmmaker can’t give away story details, she said the sequel would take place in the United States.

“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman, she’s got to come to America. It’s time,” Jenkins told EW in an interview. “I made ‘Wonder Woman.’ Now I want to make ‘Wonder Woman 2.’ It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.”

According to EW, Warner Bros. hasn’t commented on its plans for the series’ future. However, a sequel is probable considering both the strong opening weekend and the good reviews/feedback that will likely give it staying power at the box office.

“Wonder Woman” wasn’t the only sequel talk going on in Hollywood this weekend either.

According to Empire Magazine, Neill Blomkamp, who directed the 2009 Academy Award nominated “District 9,” has discussed the potential for a follow-up.

“With ‘District 9,’ I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA (Special effects company) and make the film would be cool,” Blomkamp said according to Empire.
Empire also reports that Blomkamp likely won’t be attached to any sequel to the “Alien” franchise.

“I think it’s totally dead. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now and the way that it all is, it’s just not going to live,” Blomkamp reportedly said.

In a final piece of sequel news, Empire also reported this weekend that Tom Cruise said the follow-up to “Top Gun” will be “Top Gun: Maverick.” The film is expected to begin shooting next year and will possibly release in 2019.

As described above, “Wonder Woman” made $100 million this weekend and blew away the rest of the competition with ease. The other new film this weekend, the animated feature “Captain Underpants,” came in second with $23.5 million.

The full top five was:
1. Wonder Woman – $100,505,000
2. Captain Underpants – $23,500,000
3. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – $21,613,000
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $9,733,000
5. Baywatch – $8,500,000

As for this coming weekend, if people are impatient to see Cruise in the “Top Gun” sequel, they can get their fix with his latest big screen flick “The Mummy.” The fantasy adventure movie is one of two wide releases this weekend, with the other being the war drama “Megan Leavey.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, home video releases include:

  • Beauty and the Beast, ATMR Rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%
  • A Cure for Wellness, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42%
  • A United Kingdom, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%