Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will now take her behind-the-scenes superpowers to TNT, where she’ll direct the pilot episode of a new limited series starring Chris Pine, the actor who played Steve Trevor in the summer blockbuster.
The drama, titled One Day She’ll Darken, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. Hodel was given away at birth by her teenage mom to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino back in 1949, and eventually starts to uncover the secrets of her past, which leads her to Hollywood gynecologist George Hodel, a man tied to the infamous Black Dahlia murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.
Pine will play Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-reporter who is looking for redemption after previously writing about Hodel.
Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Disaster Diaries, will write the script for the six-episode series. Production will begin in the fall.
“Patty Jenkins is a phenomenally talented director who has always delivered powerful characters, from the unforgettable true-life serial killer in Monster to the game-changing superhero warrior in Wonder Woman,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, in a statement. “One Day She’ll Darken is a mind-boggling true mystery with unpredictable twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat chills. Sam Sheridan, an expert storyteller, has delivered scripts that entertain, frighten and tell tales of redemption and a powerful search for identity. Chris Pine has wowed us with so many of his performances, and knowing how multi-dimensional his character is in One Day She’ll Darken, we are so lucky to have an actor as talented as he is to lead this cast.”
Though a sequel to Wonder Women has been greenlit by Warner Bros., Jenkins has yet to close a deal to helm the second movie that will star Gal Gadot in the title role. But she already has some ideas: In April, she told EW “the story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”