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Director, Wonder Woman, Monster

Patty Jenkins: Biography at a Glance

  • Director of "Wonder Woman," highest-grossing film directed by a woman and one of the top 5 highest-grossing superhero movies all-time
  • Set to write and direct "Wonder Woman 2"
  • Directed episodes of "Arrested Development," "Entourage," and "The Killing," nominated for an Emmy and won a DGA Award for pilot of "The Killing"
  • Wrote and directed critically acclaimed film "Monster"
Director, Wonder Woman, Monster

Patty Jenkins is an award-winning writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ 2017 blockbuster WONDER WOMAN and her debut Oscar-winning feature MONSTER. Additionally, Jenkins is responsible for casting, building and helming the pilot and finale episodes of AMC’s hit show “The Killing,” garnering her the 2012 DGA Award for Best Director of the Year along with a Primetime Emmy nomination.

Jenkins began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as an Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller for various commercials and then attended the AFI in Los Angeles. In 2003, Jenkins wrote and directed her debut feature film MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron. The film garnered Jenkins numerous awards including “Best First Feature” at the Independent Spirit Awards, AFI’s “Movie of the Year” and Roger Ebert’s “Best Film of 2004” and “Third Best Film of the Millennial Decade.” Additionally, Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit, winning the Academy Award, amongst every acting award of the year, in the “Best Actress” category.

After the success of her debut feature, Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs. In addition to her award-winning work on “The Killing,” she directed episodes of Fox’s “Arrested Development,” HBO’s “Entourage” and the pilot episodes of ABC’s “Betrayal” and “Exposed.”

In 2017, Jenkins became the first woman in history to helm a film with a budget over $100 million with her global and critical hit WONDER WOMAN. The film opened to raved reviews and became Rotten Tomatoes’ highest-rated superhero film of all time at the time of release. Additionally, it smashed box office records becoming the highest grossing film of the summer, third highest grossing film of the year and the biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman – domestic and worldwide. To date, WONDER WOMAN has grossed more than $821.8 million at the global box office.

Most recently, Jenkins executive produced and directed the first two episodes of TNT’s six-episode limited drama series “I Am The Night,” which premiered to critical acclaim in January of this year. Up next for Jenkins is the highly anticipated sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984, which she is directing, producing and co-writing. The film is currently in production and slated for a June 2020 release.

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