UPDATE: A Warner Bro. rep also told Business Insider that the story below is false.
Gal Gadot, the actress who gave an amazing performance as Wonder Woman in this year’s film of the same name, is refusing to sign on the dotted line for Wonder Woman 2 so long as Brett Ratner’s Ratpac-Dune Entertainment is still attached to the film, Page Six reports.
Ratpac-Dune Entertainment helped to produce Wonder Woman by co-financing the film, helping to mitigate the overall risk for Warner Bros. One insider from Warner Bros. told the outlet the following:
“Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman, thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him. She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
This comes on the heels of sexual allegations against Ratner. In addition to the initial six women who claimed sexual misconduct and harrassment, more have come out, including X-Men: The Last Stand star Ellen Page, who was “outed” by the director during a cast and crew meet and greet before the film’s production back in the mid-2000s.
Warner Bros. had reportedly already severed ties with Ratner, but we’re still not sure to what extent that led, and if it included the high profile films like Wonder Woman 2.
One rep got in touch with Page Six and simply said, “False,” so we’ll have to file this away in the “rumor” category for now. All the same, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if true.
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SOURCE: Page Six