Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, must be feeling pretty good this weekend. Wonder Woman opened to positive reviews, it's the highest rated DCEU film on Rotten Tomatoes, and the movie broke the record for Thursday night openings from a female director with $11 million in the bank. With all this success in the superhero game, it's easy to forget that Jenkins' first hit was a thriller about a serial killer, called Monster. Well, Jenkins might just be returning to her roots, as the director could have a new TV series making its way to Shudder.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Wonder Woman director's potential show is called Riprore, which focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles where a gruesome discovery leads to a homicide investigation. A darkness lurks beneath the surface which could lead to the end of days. It comes from the mind of Sam Sheridan, a former MMA fighter and author of A Fighter's Heart. The report only says that Patty Jenkins is attached but not what she'll be doing. One would assume directing, but since she might be busy with a potential Wonder Woman sequel, she could end up as an executive producer.
Shudder is an AMC Networks streaming service that caters to horror and thriller fans. The service has an expansive library of nail biters to peruse in addition to offering exclusive new films and series but, like most streaming services nowadays, Shudder will be getting into providing original content. The service has a few different concepts in the early stages of development and one of them has Patty Jenkins attached to it.
It sounds like an interesting concept that could make for a good series if it moves forward. Riprore seems like a typical murder thriller, but with some horror elements thrown in. While Wonder Woman is one of Patty Jenkins' biggest credits, she's no stranger to this genre, having directed Monster. Monster was a thriller based on real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who killed six of her clients. The film won lead actress Charlize Theron an Academy Award. The kills in the film are straight up brutal, so Jenkins is no stranger to the more violent aspects of horror.
If you're interested, Shudder has a number of other promising projects in the works such as Deadwax, a shortform series about a record that kills anyone who listens to it; Blondes, which envisions a world where blonde-haired women could turn into rapid monsters at any moment; and an untitled project from Arkasha Stevenson that is loosely based on Ted Bundy and his longtime girlfriend.
All of these series are in the earliest stages of development so there is no release date yet. If you have a hankering for some Patty Jenkins, there's always Wonder Woman, in theaters now.