As “fun conspiracy theories” go, we think we have a pretty good one: the good-natured back-n-forth “jabbing” between American Horror Story co-creator (and Netflix-exclusive) Ryan Murphy and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins over the use of “1984” in the titles of their respective upcoming projects was what got the ball rolling. Whatever the case, Jenkins has signed an overall TV with Netflix – which means she will produce new series exclusively for the streamer as part of her multi-year deal.
“I’m so excited to embark on a great journey of making the new world of television with a company and group of people I admire as much as Ted [Sarandos], Cindy [Holland], Channing, Peter [Friedlander] and the team at Netflix. I look forward to digging in to some great work together soon.”
– Patty Jenkins
On the film side, Jenkins made her directorial debut with 2003- Oscar-winning Charlize Theron-starrer Monster and would go on to become the first woman in history to direct a film with a budget over $100 million with 2017’s international blockbuster Wonder Woman. Currently in post-production, Jenkins is directing, producing, and co-writing Wonder Woman 1984 – with the Warner Bros./DC Comics sequel set for a June 2020 premiere.
On the television side, Jenkins earned a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award and an Emmy Award nomination for her directorial work on the pilot and second-season finale of AMC’s The Killing. She also directed the pilot episode for ABC’s Betrayal; and earlier this year, Jenkins executive produced and directed two episodes of TNT’s (painfully underrated) limited series I Am the Night, starring Wonder Woman co-star Chris Pine.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Patty Jenkins to Netflix. Her trailblazing work has pushed boundaries and she confidently tells stories that leave an unforgettable mark. We look forward to fostering her many ideas and helping them come to life.”
– Channing Dungey, Vice-President of Original Series, Netflix