LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures are quietly in the process of buying a “Wonder Woman” spec script from newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland, sources said.
The studio and producer Joel Silver have been developing a big-screen version of the DC Comics superhero, with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon writing the script and attached to direct.
So why does the studio want another “Wonder Woman” script? Sources said the purchase is a pre-emptive measure. By taking the spec script off the market, it aims to protect itself against the possibility that any similarities between the scripts could be fodder for future legal action.
It is understood that the Jennison-Strickland script is set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon’s script is set in the present day.
Silver has no interest in making a period version of “Wonder Woman,” sources said. But as the spec script made the rounds, it landed at Silver Pictures, and executives there were impressed by Jennison and Strickland’s writing.
“Wonder Woman” has long been in the hopper as a feature at Warners, and it went through several writers before Whedon came on board in March 2005.
Reps for Warners and Silver Pictures declined comment.