Joel Silver, a Hollywood film producer and director forwarded a proposal to Todd Alcott in 2001, to write a screen play on Wonder Woman. He offered that Silver Pictures –his Hollywood production company would back the project. Immediately the gossips began about who will be starred as Wonder Woman. Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock,Beyoncé Knowles, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nadia Bjorlin were some of the names most talked about for the role.
Leonard Goldberg, an American producer believed Sandra Bullock to be a strong candidate and even the actresses gave their statements about the project.Alcott, Becky Johnston, Jon Cohen, Philip Levens and Laeta Kalogridis drafted various Wonder Woman screen plays. But in 2005, Warner Bros along with Silver Pictures announced that Joss Whedon would be the writer and the director of the Wonder Woman film and again there were gossips that he was going to get paid $2 to $3 millions for it.
The screenplay didn’t begin till the end of 2005 as Whedon was busy with another film ‘Serenity’. Joel Silver intended to include Wonder Woman’s origin and the Steve Trevor story in the screenplay and shoot it in Australia. Morena Baccarin and Charisma Carpenter expressed their interest in the role.
Even after two years Whedon was not able to complete the final draft of the screenplay and it was still in outline only because studio executives didn’t like it. They did not even cast an actress and in February 2007, Whedon left the project. The reason given by him was difference of interest and lack of enthusiasm shown by studio people. Whedon said he would like to come back if they believe in what he is doing.
A day before Whedon left, Silver Pictures and Warner Bros had purchased a ready spec script, which was written by Brent Strickland and Matthew Jennison. The setting was World War II and the studio executives were quite impressed by the script. Though the script had some very good ideas, Joel Silver didn’t want the Wonder Woman film to be limited to a particular era. He didn’t want it to be a period piece. So Silver hired both Brent Strickland and Matthew Jennison and asked them to write a new Wonder Woman script which would be set in the contemporary period of modern era. The focus was supposed to be on the history of Paradise Island rather than the origin story of Wonder Woman.
In 2010, the Chairman and the CEO of Warner Bros said that the Wonder Woman Live Action Film is in development presently, along with other two films on Aquaman and The Flash. Nicolas Winding Refn, a Danish filmmaker has shown his interest in directing the Wonder Woman film. Reports suggest that it is true that Warner Bros are working on a Wonder Woman Live Action Film which is expected to release in 2013. Warner Bros said that they are planning to introduce an entirely new villain in the film. Even Lauren Shuler Donner is trying to get involved in the film as a producer. The talks are that David S. Goyer will be hired as the writer or the director of this film.