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.

Source: deadline.com/

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Margot Robbie Reveals When She’ll Suit Up As Harley Quinn Next

The DC Extended Universe can be a confusing place, and it isn’t just fans who feel a bit lost with the franchise. Margot Robbie recently opened up about when she’ll next don Harley Quinn’s pigtails, but the star isn’t sure what she will be doing it for.

The Wrap caught up with Robbie this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the topic of Harley Quinn came up. When asked about her upcoming film schedule, the actress did say she would be getting back into the DC role quite soon.

“I think next year I’ll be back in the fishnets [and] wielding a baseball bat,” Said Robbie.

However, when she was asked if the appearance would be for DC’s Joker & Harley Quinn spin-off, the actress was less certain.

“You’re guess is as good as mine at this point. I don’t know.”

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Harley Quinn Movies: See Margot Robbie’s Upcoming DCEU Films

“Suicide Squad” isn’t considered a great movie, but it did give audiences Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie’s crazy criminal was a hit with audiences, and it looks like the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) will be keeping the actress busy with new movies for quite a while.

“Suicide Squad 2”

It may not have been a hit with critics, but audiences paid plenty of money to see the first installment. It made over $745 million worldwide, and that’s enough reason for Warner Bros. to make a sequel.

The movie is reportedly being fast-tracked so that Warner Bros. can get the movie made before the cast’s contracts run out. Exactly who is coming back has not been confirmed. It’s seems unlikely that the movie would return without a fan favorite like Harley Quinn.

Not everyone will return, though. Cara Delevingne, who played the Enchantress, noted that she was unlikely to return after her character was defeated. “It was a life-changing experience and of course I’d do another one, but I don’t think it would make sense for the character,” she told USA Today last month.

“Suicide Squad 2” does not have a director yet, but 2019 release date is rumored.

Untitled Joker and Harley Quinn Movie

Robbie will definitely reunite with Jared Leto for the most recently announced Harley Quinn movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“This is Us,” “Crazy Stupid Love”) will write and helm the movie about Gotham’s most dangerous couple.

It isn’t clear exactly what arc the story will follow, but the movie will be set after the “Suicide Squad” sequel. An insider described the movie to THR as “an insane and twisted love story. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ on benzedrine.”

Viewers saw flashbacks to the beginning of the Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley’s romance in “Suicide Squad.” Harley was the Joker’s psychologist while he was locked up, but she fell in love with him. Once he pushed her into a toxic vat, she completed her transition to becoming the maniacal criminal audiences love. Though their scenes were just a small part of the movie, it was enough to whet fans’ appetites for a full Joker and Harley movie.

“Gotham City Sirens”

Harley’s girl power team-up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy was rumored to be dropped after the Joker and Harley’s spinoff movie was announced. However, it seems the female-fronted flick is just delayed.

“Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy are super important to us — And a super cool team, too!” an anonymous source at Warner Bros. told Forbes.

The movie is expected to be loosely based on the “Gotham City Sirens” comic that was launched in 2009. Harley and Poison Ivy are trying to figure out Batman’s true identity, so they try to give Catwoman a truth serum. That doesn’t get them their information, but Catwoman eventually joins the evil ladies on their mission.

Source: ibtimes.com/

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Harley Quinn Spinoff Not A Done Deal

In a recent interview, Margot Robbie put the brakes on the excitement about a Harley Quinn solo film to spin out of Suicide Squad.

It seemed like it was a done deal.

Just a couple of months ago, The Hollywood Reporter had seemingly confirmed what was suspected for a long time: a Harley Quinn solo film was in the works. Word was that Margot Robbie had fallen in love with the character while making Suicide Squad and, since more Margot Robbie is never a bad thing, Warner Bros. had given the film the green light.

The idea was to use the film to not only further flesh out Harley Quinn, but use it to introduce a whole slew of female superheroes into the DC Extended Universe. Word was that the movie would feature not only Quinn, but Batgirl and the Birds of Prey as well.

But while it seemed everyone ran with the story (FlickSided included) one important person remained mum on the project: Warner Bros.

Now it would appear there were reasons for that because, to the surprise of many, it looks like the Harley Quinn film is not a sure thing.

While being interviewed for the Canadian outlet Tribute, she was asked point blank if the Harley Quinn film was indeed happening. Her response is not going to make fans very happy.

“We’re not sure.”
Wow, That’s a bummer.

Although when you consider that Warner Bros. never actually confirmed that the project was a go, we shouldn’t be very shocked. Suicide Squad hasn’t even opened yet and it is highly unlikely they were going to green light a spinoff before they see if the original finds an audience.

They also asked her what she would like to see in a Harley Quinn film if one does made at some point.

“Just more of Harley. I’m just so not done playing that character and there’s so much more to do with her – and as anyone who’s read the comics knows, there’s a million different storylines to explore. There’s just so much you can do in the DC Universe so I think it would be cool.”

So it appears all hope is not lost. Robbie seems like she is still very enthusiastic about making a Harley Quinn film. If Suicide Squad does half as much business as analysts are projecting, it’s a safe bet she will be playing the character for years to come.

Source: flicksided.com/

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