It’s official: “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is the highest paid female director in movie history.
Jenkins, who grew up in Lawrence, just lassoed a deal with Warner Bros. to co-write and direct “Wonder Woman 2.” According to Hollywood Reporter, the seven-figure paycheck will be “somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range,” plus a slice of profits from the sequel’s December 2019 release.
Jenkins made $1 million for directing “Wonder Woman,” and her super-sized raise is the result of an “unusually lengthy and tough negotiation.” Many are praising the deal as an epic victory for women and fans of the summer blockbuster, which made $800 million worldwide.
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The previous recordholder for highest-paid female filmmaker is Nancy Meyers, who directed 2000’s “What Women Want” and 2003’s “Something’s Gotta Give.”
As for Jenkins, she’s been smashing records all summer long: “Wonder Woman” was the highest grossing domestic release from the extended DC universe, and the highest grossing action movie directed by a woman, according to Jezebel.