If Warner Bros. wants a Wonder Woman sequel with its wondrous new star Gal Gadot, it’s going to have to dump producer Brett Ratner in the wake of sexual assault allegations made against him.
According to a Page Six, Gadot apparently won’t sign on for the sequel until Ratner, whose RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produced the first film, is removed from the project. Page Six reports:
A Hollywood source tells Page Six that Gadot — who last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award — is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit “Wonder Woman” franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct.
Wonder Woman was a massive box office success for Warner Bros., hauling in more than $800 million worldwide. It’s the biggest live-action film in history directed by a woman, and it garnered rave reviews from critics. Gadot’s performance as the earnest, buoyant Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, was core to the movie.
Earlier this month, six women went on the record with the Los Angeles Times to accuse Ratner of sexual harassment and abuse. And last week, actress Ellen Page penned a Facebook post recounting a moment on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand — which Ratner directed — alleging that Ratner harassed her by specifically telling another woman to “fuck her to make her realize she’s [Page is] gay.” Actress Anna Paquin, who starred alongside Page in that movie, said she witnessed that moment.
Presumably, Warner Bros. won’t let go of Gadot and would probably like to lose Ratner.
After the LA Times’s report on Ratner was published, Warner Bros. announced it was severing ties with him and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, but it’s currently unclear how that might affect the Wonder Woman sequel or what kind of deal is already in place.
Warner Bros. has denied the reports of Gadot’s holdout to Page Six, and neither Gadot nor Ratner has publicly commented on the story.
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