Margot Robbie to Produce Gritty Thriller ‘Barbed Wire Heart’ for Warner Bros.

Robbie and LuckyChap Productions are teaming with Dan Lin and his Rideback banner to produce an adaptation of Tess Sharpe‘s gritty novel, tapping TV scribe Carly Wray (Westworld, Mad Men) to write the script, though it’s unlikely to feature a role for Robbie herself.

Published in March by Grand Central Publishing, Barbed Wire Heart follows Harley McKenna, the daughter of a violent meth dealer who raised her in his image. Not only can she take care of herself, but she also cares for others, running a women’s shelter for survivors of abuse. When a rival family (who killed her mother) makes a push into the McKennas’ territory, Harley is forced to stand up to them and her father without putting her shelter and its inhabitants in danger.

LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley will also produce alongside Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, whose Nick Reynolds will oversee the project for the company. LuckyChap has history with Wray, who adapted a New York Times Magazine article about female firefighters for the company.

Circling back to those aforementioned producing projects, Robbie is developing an adaptation of Marisa Lankester‘s memoir Dangerous Odds, a crime drama about sports betting; she’s developing Beautiful Things and Augmented with veteran producer Denise DiNovi; she partnered with Donald De Line, Amy Pascal and Rock Shaink to produce the Robin Hood reimagining Marian; and let’s not forget that she’s a producer on WB/DC’s Birds of Prey movie, having been the driving force behind that project, which will see her reprise her role as Harley Quinn. She also recently wrapped Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which she plays slain movie star Sharon Tate. She’s represented by CAA, Management 360 and Aran Michael Management.

Rideback is currently in post-production on Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin and WB’s animated sequel Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The company is also developing a horror movie based on the viral sensation Dear David for New Line, as Collider first reported.

Wray, who is also writing one of the Game of Thrones spinoff movies, is repped by WME and Grandview. Sharpe is repped by APA, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

Source: collider.com/

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Margot Robbie in talks to star and produce a ‘Barbie’ Movie.

It was first announced in 2014 that Mattel was partnering with Sony for a Barbie movie.

After talks with the likes of Amy Schumer, who fell through after schedule conflicts, and Anne Hatheway who was set to replace her, Mattel now are looking at Margot Robbie as their new Barbie Girl!

In January, Sony had pushed the movie’s release date from Aug. 8, 2018, to May 8, 2020, but then Mattel took back the rights.

But now not only could Margot star in the movie she could possibly be on board to produce the movie through her production banner, Lucky Chap with a partnership with Warner Bros. Which the studio is already getting ready to start on production, with Margot reprising her role as Harley Quinn in her own DC universe movie, Birds of Prey.

Source taken from Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

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Management 360 Teams TV Division With MRC, Sets Margot Robbie Amazon Drama.

The talent firm’s production company behind ‘Game of Thrones’ and the producer of ‘Ozark’ together will forge a studio to create, acquire, package, sell, produce and finance content.

Game of Thrones, say hello to Ozark.

Management 360’s television production arm is teaming with Media Rights Capital to form an independently staffed studio with the goal of creating and distributing content for the talent management firm.

The partnership will originate, acquire, package, sell, produce and finance original content for distribution on all platforms. The studio will combine the talent roster, IP origination and packaging skills of Management 360’s Entertainment 360 division with MRC’s production, distribution and marketing expertise. Together, the companies will produce and finance scripted and unscripted offerings and create new opportunities for 360’s roster of clients.

The first project under the new Entertainment 360 studio will be an Amazon take on Amy Reed’s YA novel Nowhere Girls, which Management 360 clients Kieran and Michele Mulroney will exec produce alongside Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley and the actress’ LuckyChap (I, Tonya) banner. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will direct the drama.

“Joining forces with MRC on Entertainment 360 is the next evolution of our mission to create extraordinary opportunities for artists,” the Management 360 partners said in a joint statement. “MRC’s impeccable taste, depth of infrastructure and resources to expand our production capabilities make them the ideal partner for a new evolution of a studio purpose-built for the current media landscape.”

Entertainment 360 has produced series including HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s The Terror, ABC’s Designated Survivor, Facebook’s Queen America and the features Lady Bird and Steve Jobs.

MRC, meanwhile, is the independent studio behind Netflix’s Ozark and House of Cards, Starz’s Counterpart and such features as Ted and Baby Driver. The company, part of Valence Media, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter, develops, produces and finances film and TV for distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and Fox as well as HBO, ABC, Netflix, Apple and Amazon, among others. MRC was founded by Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, who are now co-CEOs of Valence Media.

“360’s track record speaks for itself, having expertly guided the careers of writers, directors, producers and actors for 15-plus years, and packaging and producing award-winning and commercially successful film and television projects under the Entertainment 360 label,” MRC said in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner in this new collaboration.”

The deal arrives as agencies and management companies have increased their push into content creation as they look to create new opportunities for clients and share in the financial success of projects beyond their traditional 10 percent commissions.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com/

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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.

Source: deadline.com/

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Margot Robbie To Produce Female-Focused Shakespearean Drama Series With ‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer & ABC Studios Int’l.

Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment (I, Tonya) is partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Aussie production company Hoodlum (Secrets & Lies) and ABC Studios International on a new ten-part series, retelling the work of Shakespeare from female perspectives. The project, currently in development, will be produced in Australia, with filming expected to begin in 2018.

The untitled project will be led by a female creative team who will produce ten standalone episodes, each based on a celebrated work of Shakespeare updated to comment on our modern, global society. The project falls under the first-look deal between Hoodlum and ABC Studios International.

Hoodlum, LuckyChap and ABC Studios International will work with female writers/writer­ directors to update the Bard’s works with unique and distinct voices, and reflect different cultures and areas. Series Concept Creator Giula Sandler (Nowhere Boys) will work across the series and will also write one episode.

“We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry,” LuckyChap said in a statement.” The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare.”

Robbie and Brett Hedblom will executive produce via LuckyChap with Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, Keli Lee from ABC Studios International and Sally Riley from ABC (Australia). Aran Michael from Aran Michael Management is an associate producer.

“The ABC is thrilled to be able to develop this locally produced drama in partnership with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios International,” said David Anderson, Director of Entertainment and Specialist for the ABC. “The ABC is dedicated to delivering high quality, relevant storytelling free to all Australians. We are excited that this female-led team celebrates strong female creative talent, transforming traditional classic tales from a very different era into modern and culturally diverse stories.”

Tracey Robertson from Hoodlum said: “This project will bring together leading and emerging female voices in Australian screen to re-imagine Shakespeare in a modern context. We’re delighted to partner with ABC, ABC Studios International and LuckyChap on such an ambitious and exciting project. This is an incredibly original and bold approach for a Television series and I can’t wait to see the stories that will emerge.”

“ABC Studios International is thrilled to be a partner in this unique project, added Keli Lee, Managing Director at ABC Studios International. “This production is a chance to create something classic yet boldly original and modern. The works of Shakespeare are iconic and this will present them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”

ABC Studios International, Hoodlum and the ABC previously teamed on crime drama series Harrow, which was co-created by Secrets & Lies writer Stephen M. Irwin and producer Leigh McGrath and written by Irwin.

LuckyChap was behind I, Tonya. After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Neon and 30WEST jointly acquired the title for $5M and churned out close to $30M at the domestic B.O. as well as three Oscar noms for Robbie as Best Actress, Allison Janney for Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing, with Janney winning. LuckyChap recently produced the Vaughn Stein-directed title Terminal starring Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, and also completed Dreamland starring the actress and Travis Fimmel. The label also recently sold the comedy Dollface to Hulu. Back in December it was announced that LuckyChap closed a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Disney Media Distribution will handle international distribution of the series outside of Australia.

Source: deadline.com/

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Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Banner Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Sets Female Wall Street Drama At NBC.

Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment has closed a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television. The company already has sold its first project under the pact, drama Shattered Glass to NBC.

Created and written by Kat Blasband Page, Shattered Glass, which is not related to the journalism-themed movie of the same name, is described as House of Cards meets Revenge. It is an empowering post-feminist revenge fantasy set in the world of Wall Street in which a trio of modern women come together to shatter their respective glass ceilings, taking no prisoners along the way.

Robbie and Brett Hedblom will executive produce for LuckyChap Entertainment alongside Patti Carr who will serve as showrunner. Page is co-executive producing.

“We are so excited by this new relationship with Warner Brothers Television,” LuckyChap Principles Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara said in a joint statement. “It has come after a great year for LuckyChap in which we have gradually been building a television slate overseen by our executive Brett Hedblom. We continue to strive to tell female stories in both Film and TV, and are immensely proud that our first two shows are created by, written by and starring women.”

The first two TV series projects for the company are Shattered Glass and recently sold half-hour comedy Dollface, created/written by Jordan Weiss and starring Kat Denning, which is set up at Hulu.

On the feature side, LuckyChap, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., produced the Golden Globe-nominated film I, Tonya and just wrapped production on the independent film Dreamland. The company is repped by Management 360, CAA and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

Page is repped by CAA, Grandview Management and attorney Tara Kole. Carr is repped by CAA and attorney Patti Felker.

Source: deadline.com/

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