Margot Robbie confirms January production start for Birds of Prey – Flickeringmyth

Margot Robbie is set to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn as many as four times in the next couple of years. For now, though, her mind is on the first of those projects, Birds of Prey. As well as playing Harley, she’s also producing the movie and now she’s confirmed exclusively to Flickering Myth that shooting starts in January 2019.

In an interview to discuss Terminal, her latest film as both star and producer, Robbie pin-pointed January as the start date for Birds of Prey and described the film as “different” from the other DC titles featuring Harley Quinn. Not only will it be R rated but it’ll be made with a “much smaller budget.”

Birds of Prey is a DC Comics series featuring an all-female line-up of heroes. Which characters will appear in the film hasn’t been revealed, but Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress are emerging as the favourites to keep company with Robbie’s Harleen Quinzel. Director Cathy Yan and screenwriter Christina Hodson are already attached.

No release date for the film has been revealed so far, but we may get an official announcement later this month during Warner Bros.’ DC Films panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

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Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale ‘Firefighters’.

LuckyChap Entertainment and Automatik have teamed with Good Films to option Firefighters, based on Jaime Lowe’s New York Times Magazine article The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires. Script will be written by Carly Wray, the Westworld and Mad Men writer/producer who recently was tapped to write one of HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoffs. Good Films will finance. The parties took the article off the table in competitive bidding.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger and Rian Cahill will produce for Automatik, and Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara and Tom Ackerley will produce for LuckyChap Entertainment, with Scott Budnick producing through Good Films. Lowe will serve as executive producer.

Film is based on the true story of a dozen female prisoners as they move from county jail to life in a Malibu fire camp. With only three weeks of training, the diverse crew must bind together not only to fight devastating blazes, but also their own personal demons and a system that seeks to keep them invisible. It is a task they signed up for, and get paid $2 an hour to risk their lives.

LuckyChap Entertainment, which produced I, Tonya and recently wrapped (with Automatik) the Robbie-starrer Dreamland, is repped by Management 360, CAA, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Wray is repped by WME and Grandview and Lowe by UTA and The Jud Laghi Agency. Automatik is in post on the Karyn Kusama-directed Destroyer with Nicole Kidman, the Chris Weitz-directed Operation Finale with Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, and Dreamland.

Good Films was launched by Budnick to fund films that will engender social change. He recently lobbied for the state of California to hire formerly incarcerated men and women into firefighting careers, and in January, Governor Brown included this program in the state budget, the first program created in California’s history to intentionally train and place released men and woman into careers where they will be fighting wild-land fires and saving communities. Endeavor Content is a lead investor in Good Films.

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‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Set for 2020, Will Gluck Returning to Direct.

Sony Pictures has dated “Peter Rabbit 2” for Feb. 7, 2020, in the U.S. and March 27, 2020, in the U.K., and is bringing back Will Gluck to return to direct and write the sequel.

“Peter Rabbit” has taken in $115 million in the U.S. and is Sony Pictures’ biggest ever non-Bond film in the UK, with a $55.7 million total in that market after holding the top spot for four weeks in a row.

The CGI-live action comedy-drama showed staying power in North America among the family audience in the pre-summer season, taking in an impressive 4.5 multiple off its $25 million domestic opening weekend.

The movie is based on an original story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars Rose Byrne as Bea, Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, and James Corden.

The story involves the titular bunny — voiced by Corden, in battle with the heir to Mr. McGregor’s garden.

“Peter Rabbit” has grossed $325 million worldwide. The film notched first-place finishes in 22 territories internationally, including Australia, Russia, Germany and Spain and surpassed both “Paddington” movies. Key markets in South Korea and Japan will launch in mid-May.

Gluck’s other directing credits include “Easy A,” “Annie,” and “Friends with Benefits.”

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Focus Features’ ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Scoots To December,

Focus Features’ Working Title pic Mary Queen of Scots, is moving its limited debut from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

That first weekend in December is a prime launchpad for awards season fare, read that’s where Fox Searchlight launched its best picture winner The Shape of Water, and its best actress winner The Black Swan eight years ago.

Directed by Josie Rourke, and written by House of Cards Beau Willimon, Mary Queen of Scotts explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart played by Saoirse Ronan. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.

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Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros’ Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film.

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film to be graced by Suicide Squad scene-stealer Harley Quinn, in the form of Margot Robbie. A deal has to be completed, but it is expected that Yan will become the third female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay (for upcoming The New Gods), and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.

This is a bold bet for Warner Bros’ Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. Yan got the job over numerous well established male directors, and because she is taking this giant leap with just one small-budget indie movie under her belt. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January. Despite being a new talent, Yan’s presentation for Birds of Prey was exceptional, and Robbie held firm to her desire for this film to be directed by a woman.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie and Unkeless produced I, Tonya.

The project is based on Birds of Prey, which in the DC universe teams Quinn with several other crime fighters, namely Black Canary, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Huntress. It is not confirmed if all of them will be characters in the film. What is clear is that both the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female, remarkable for a studio-sized superhero film. The script was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and just got hired to write the Batgirl movie.

This film looks cleared to start production by year’s end or early next year, after Robbie completes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is negotiating to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film for Sony Pictures. The other Harley Quinn films are still under construction. That includes the Suicide Squad sequel to be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Two others, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker and Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, seem further in the distance.

Back to Yan. She was a Wall Street Journal reporter who worked from New York, Hong Kong and Beijing, and one of the paper’s youngest reporters to land multiple stories on the front page. She wrote and directed numerous short films before stepping up to features with Dead Pigs.

In that film, a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, characters intersect. They include a down-and-out pig farmer with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, an upwardly mobile landowner fighting gentrification against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, and a rich young woman struggling to find her independence.

Yan is repped by CAA and attorney Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse Law.

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Margot Robbie Is a Lethal Femme Fatale in First ‘Terminal’ Trailer.

The actress shows off her range as she seduces, tortures and manipulates the likes of Simon Pegg and Mike Myers.
Margot Robbie on Wednesday unveiled the first trailer for Terminal, which showed off the slick, dark, film noir world of her latest film.

The trailer opens with Robbie’s femme fatale character, Annie, sporting a black bob haircut and a British accent as she interrogates a man using extreme methods.

The rest of the cast is then introduced — including Simon Pegg, Max Irons, Mike Myers and Dexter Fletcher — as the trailer showcases a gritty world filled with neon signs, dark alleys and dangerous, seedy characters.

The film, directed by Vaughn Stein in his feature debut, follows the interwoven tales of two hit men (Irons and Fletcher), a teacher battling a terminal illness (Pegg), a janitor (Myers) and a diner waitress living a dangerous double life (Robbie).

The trailer shows Robbie flexing her range as she offers advice to Pegg’s character while taking a break from waiting tables, teases Fletcher and Irons’ hit men in a strip club and hints at her master plan behind-the-scenes to “set them upon each other like starving rats in a cage, and you can watch through the bars.”

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