Can you blame him?
Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director most known for creating brutal and intense worlds for brutal and intense characters, has already made his way into the world of studio film-making. He is already attached to direct Drive starring Ryan Gosling for Affinity International. However, in a recent BBC interview, Refn, promoting Valhalla Rising, explained he wants to take his newly found studio work one step further.
I always wanted to do Wonder Woman as a feature film.
That statement comes after a brief explanation that he wanted to challenge himself by giving control over the studio process. Now, don’t get too many opes up. There are no deals in place, and nothing has even been announced in the way of Warner Brothers even considering Refn to take on the comic book adaptation. However, WB and Joel Silver have been looking to get the film off the ground for some time, and a director as intense as Refn could very well be the key to it all coming to fruition.
His directing style wouldn’t even be all that out of place, either. His early films, the Pusher trilogy, were a bit more grounded in reality, but, with both Bronson and now Valhalla Rising, Refn has become a director who grasps mythology and who has an almost effortless ability in making entities out of his main characters. This is certainly something that would be welcome in translating a comic book to film.
Putting him behind the camera on this one would also follow the recent suit of studios running with directors who will give them a comic book adaptation that really connects rather than one that is cheap and thrown together easily. We’ll just say Nicolas Winding Refn won’t be another Tim Story with his comic book film.
Again, nothing is set in stone. In fact, no deals have even been broached. At least, that’s not what we’re reporting at this time. This is just one director throwing an idea out there that could very well stick. If Refn’s words that he was “born to do it” is what finally gets the ‘Wonder Woman’ film off the ground, so be it.
Thanks to /Film for pointing this out.
Who’s your choice for the lead role if this gets done?