Let’s face it, when you hear someone like Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn’s name linked to a comic book property like “Wonder Man”, you’re probably scoffing. What, the guy who directed the “Pusher” trilogy, the bloody “Bronson”, and “Valhalla Rising” is going to direct a comic book movie about a chick that deflects bullets with her bracelets while wearing a tiara? As it turns out, hell yeah, Nicolas Winding Refn really wants to direct a “Wonder Woman” movie. Who would have thunk it?
Refn tells Movieline as much:
“Wonder Woman, I really want to make. That, I’m hoping, will be my $200 million extravaganza — if I even get close to it. That’s why I say, “Well, let me go make Drive [a thriller shooting soon with Ryan Gosling]. Let me start the ball rolling within the system.”
He goes on to talk about what he would like to do with the character, his ideas and themes that he would implement — basically, a Godlike woman with Godlike powers, in the world of weak mortal men — hijinx ensue!.
The bottom line is, he’s really thought this out, and he sounds entirely serious when he says he wants to make a $200 million dollar Hollywood movie.
It’ll have to wait, though, until Refn finishes up the thriller “Drive” for Universal. The film, Refn’s first foray into Hollywood moviemaking, will be based on the novel by James Sallis and star Ryan Gosling. The film was originally set to star car lover Hugh Jackman with Neil Marshall behind the wheels.