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Will McG Direct David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman Pilot?

Divisive director McG is the rumored front-runner to helm the pilot for David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman revival, TVLine reports.

It’s only the latest twist in the property’s march back to live-action television for the first time since 1979. Announced in October, the planned remake, and the involvement of Kelley — the award-winning Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and The Practice — caught many by surprise. The Warner Bros. Television project seemed all but dead earlier this month when all of the broadcast networks passed on Kelley’s pilot script.

But NBC delivered another shock  just four days ago when the network, now firmly under new programming chief Bob Greenblatt, greenlit the pilot.

Michael Ausiello calls McG “an obvious choice,” pointing to his two Charlie’s Angels movies. He’s also an executive producer on the TV series Human Target, Supernatural, Nikita and Chuck. McG was famously attached in 2002 to a planned Superman reboot, titled Flyby (with a script by J.J. Abrams), but left in favor of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

Kelley’s Wonder Woman reportedly will differ from the character’s portrayals in the comic books or the ’70s TV series: Here she’ll be Diana Prince, a vigilante crimefighter and successful corporate executive in Los Angeles who tries to “balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.”

In related news, No Strings Attached co-star Lake Bell tells E! Online she’d love to play Wonder Woman:  “I got the guns! With superheroes you have to have this tickle of humor in there and you have to be a really great actor and also kick ass. And I’m fine with kicking a guy’s ass. I’ll be honest, I think I’d make a great Wonder Woman. So if anyone out there is listening …”


  • Jacob

    Maybe he’ll do a good job.

  • BigEZ

    As long as it’s more Terminator Salvation and less Charlies Angels

  • Sijo

    I think the Wonder Woman wannabe is called LAKE Bell.

    Supernatural and Chuck are VERY good shows so it makes me feel a little better to hear McG is also producing WW.

  • Mwedmer

    I would take the guy more seriously if he would start going by his actual name.
    McG will not get street cred from me.

  • Ana Regina

    I want Megan Gale, Tanit Phoenix or Nadia Bjorlin as Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince.

    Lake Bell was like actress Lucy Lawless.

    I want Lucy Lawless or Lynda Carter as Queen Hippolyta

  • nick price

    Remember, NBC’s new primetime chief is Bob Greenblatt, who’s responsible for the X Files, All McBeal at Fox, and Dexter, Weeds and Californication at Showtime. He responds to smart material

  • Michael Bryan Walt

    McG directing “Wonder Woman”? Humm… let me ponder this a moment. He has helped produce some good shows – “Chuck”, “The Human Target”, “Supernatural”. That’s a plus. But, looking back at the films he has directed, “Charlie’s Angels” being his biggest… well… again, let me ponder this… producer = good, director = not so good. Nope, I can’t see him directing. Just not a fan of his as a director, pretty flat with no real style and relies to heavily on CGI; I know, this is “Wonder Woman” and it will need such, but McG’s use of CGI seems to me as a lack of creativity on his part. And, like many modern directors of the past twenty years or so, McG is of what I call the MTV school of directing a battle scene – close-up, ext. close-up, slash cut, slash cut, Matrix slow mo, close-up, slash cut, repeat, rinse, and… scene!!! Oh, I forgot to add – lots of loud BOOMS and EXPLOSIONS!! “Wonder Woman” needs a director who will have a good, if not great, sense of storytelling, style and knowledge of action setup and execution and being a comic book reader/collector would be a major plus. I’ve heard/read that McG is a comic fan, but I’ve yet to see any confirmation of such. Now, this is only my humble opinion and I’m probably wrong, Lord knows I’ve been wrong before, but I just can’t see McG bringing anything to this table as director.

  • Anonymous

    Keep in mind that being the director of one episode of a TV show is completely different from being a director of a movie. He’s not the top guy in charge and he won’t be the one deciding how many explosions or CGI shots there are.

  • Jacob

    Woah, dude, the entire site liked your comment. That’s damn impressive, man.

  • Michael Bryan Walt

    True Jason, very true. I should have been a little bit more clear that I can’t see McG directing the pilot or any single episode and it turning out being good. As I stated before, I’m just not a fan of his work. Also, I have reservations on the whole project, at least Kelley’s take on it! I do hope that all turns out well and we, the fans, get at least a good series from this. Who knows?

  • demoncat_4

    it will be up to warner’s in the end if mg does direct wonder woman. though given how charlies angels did not do bad at the box office would be intriqued to see what mgm does with wonder woman even if Davids idea makes her a female take on bat man. as for who should play her would like to see Eliza douka or even Lake try .

  • Ciaran Statham

    Only McG is his ‘real name’. It’s what he was called all the time at home when he was younger, so it stuck.

  • Mr_Wayne

    If Warners is smart they’ll let him (possibly) produce, because frankly he’s not a good director. Lake Bell has a wonderful body but her face is better suited for Artemis. Just sayin’.

  • Eightiesologist

    David E. Kelley + McG + a character I’m not even that crazy about = Ugh. I mean what does this show want to be? Once they inevitably cast it with some short skinny underwear model, the project will be officially a lost cause. If Kelley’s story treatment wasn’t already enough to doom this terrible idea.