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February 14, 1999 - Wonder Woman / feedback

Scooped on Sunday, July 11, 2010

We once heard Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson say that you should never believe anything you read on the Internet; of course, that didn't stop him or his assistant from bombarding the Internet with bogus Scream 2 rumors just to pump up interest in their film (yeah, we're still upset for Kev's attitude regarding that little incident. In a completely unrelated matter, has anyone notice we haven't posted any recent Scream 3 rumors? Hmm, wonder why.) But Mr. Williamson did raise an interesting point: what can you believe on sites like CA?? How much can you trust even when we're obligated to not reveal our sources?

Good question. We don't have an answer, but we wanted to get you in the right frame of mind before we dive into our first two Wonder Woman scoops. Ever since we began a page for the WW project last month there's been a lot of interest (and emails) concerning this baby received at CA. It seems fans are hopeful that plans for a big-budget WW film are slowly beginning to coalesce.

In our last report, 'Scooper9', one of our main WW contacts had told us that producer Jon Peters was on-board and screenwriters James R. Harnock and Eve Marie Kazaros had just turned in their treatment for Wonder Woman and then left the project. Since that last post we've received three important scoops. Here's the first from someone we don't know named 'The Spider':

"The Wonder Woman info you just posted is false. Let me correct you. This is all I know of the project, all accurate.

    Film title: Wonder Woman.
    Director: TBA (Won't be announced for a few years at least).
    Producer: Ivan Reitman (Jon Peters has nothing to do with this project).
    Executive Producers: Michael Gross and Joe Medjuck.
    Screenwriters: James R. Harnock and Eve Marie Kazaros (They've written a treatment and are currently at work on the full script).

     

"No other crew has been determined. It's just too early. The same goes for casting. Don't expect any concrete news regarding this film for a few years at least. I hope that helps." [Reported by 'The Spider'.]

OK, so one person says Harnock and Kazaros are doing the script and Peters isn't on-board. Next up, someone 'Anonymous' sent us this follow-up to 'Scooper9's February 9th posting. We're not going to quote the scooper but instead re-word what they had to say to CA:

They've heard Peters is on-board the project but don't know how the deal was done. They know Reitman's been trying to get a WW movie going since the early 90's, and the signing of Peters may have been a "security measure" since WB likes Peter's track record a lot. The scooper also mentioned they've heard Harnock and Kazaros are off the project; they mention an 'Open letter to WW fans' that mentions this, but they don't include the letter's origin or a copy of said letter. From what the scooper tells us of the letter's contents, it sounds like Peters is looking to bring something a little different to the project than what the writers offered, which the scooper points out is a fairly common business occurence in Hollywood. The scooper also claims to have read many scripts and treatments in their day, and they give the Harnock and Kazaros treatment a high recommendation.

The scooper realizes that the fans have little to go on except reports that a wonderful treatment has been written, so they gave us enough information to settle our desire to know more without blowing any of the cool elements of the Harnock/Kazaros treatment. The treatment is titled: Wonder Woman: The Right. It's set in present-day Gateway City (WW's home town, for those of you that aren't hanging out with the cool kids at lunch hour). Diana origins are alluded to, but it's not an origin story like the first Superman film was. As for the plot, all the scooper would say was that Gateway City is being besieged by heavily armed gang warfare, and that's all we'll get out of them.

As you can see, the two scooper's reports clash. Who to believe? They're both coming from different individuals, and we've tried calling Jon Peters office before to get the goods. He's a busy guy to get a hold of, y'know.

Thankfully, we were able to get someone willing to officially comment on the Wonder Woman rumors. Even though the best info seems to come from those in the Hollywood community who wish to use pseudonyms, information that comes from someone willing to sign their name on it will hold up to the scutiny of even the most doubtful reader of Coming Attractions. That's why we're happy to give you this update from one of the Wonder Woman treatment writers, James R. Harnock:

"Jeez, it seems bad news travels faster than good news. As your informant said, Eve and I are no longer involved in the Wonder Woman feature film project, but yes the show will go on :) Reitman has been trying to get a WW project off the ground since the early 90's, so you know he's dedicated to it. The fans really were (and we hope still are) gung-ho about this movie, and even though we're not involved in it, Eve and I hope this thing lives up to everyone's expectations.

"For all the Jon Peters bashers out there, just give him a chance. I mean, he was the man behind the only good Batman movie. Besides, we all know how good Ivan Reitman is, so as far as I'm concerned, with him involved the movie is in good hands.

"We're disappointed, but these things happen. Life goes on.

"Actually, one thing I'd really like to know is who this 'Fabio2' person is... their 'confirmation' that we were writing the screenplay is dated Jan 12th... which is actually BEFORE we started the screenplay. I just found it kinda funny."

[Give a pat on the back to James R. Harnock. We didn't even have to use the golden lasso on him.]

So there you have it. Peters is indeed on-board as producer and Harnock and Kazaros are not working on the project anymore and there's no ill intent. Sounds like a professional break and so we're taking it as such. And no, just before you go asking the question, Harnock isn't 'Scooper9', 'Fabio2' or anyone else. Harnock merely wished to set the matter straight regarding the duo's involvement.

Hopefully more progress will be made on the project, and a screenwriter will soon be selected. The good news is it looks like some significant movement is finally happening on Reitman's project and we're optimistic that it'll keep moving forward.

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