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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‘Dollface’: Hulu Orders Margot Robbie-Produced Comedy Series Starring Kat Dennings.

Hulu has given a series order to “Dollface” a comedy starring and executive produced by Kat Dennings, with Margot Robbie attached as an executive producer as well.

Dennings will play a young women who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

The project comes from writer Jordan Weiss, ABC Signature Studios, with Robbie and Brett Hedblom from LuckyChap Entertainment producing alongside Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan from Clubhouse Pictures, and Nicole King and Stephanie Laing. Matt Spicer will executive produce and direct the first episode.

“Jordan is an exciting, new voice that has something specific and provocative to say about her generation,“ said Hulu’s senior VP of content, Craig Erwich. “As we seek out fresh perspectives and new, thought-provoking projects, ‘Dollface’ is exactly the type of relatable, yet distinct, series we know our audience will love. We can’t wait to work with Jordan and Kat, as well as our partners at ABC Signature Studios, LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, to bring this series to life.“

“Angie Tribeca” executive producer Ira Ungerleider will serve as showrunner. The 10-episode series will begin production next year.

“Reading Jordan’s script was like opening a window into my own brain,” said Dennings. “I’m so inspired by the stellar team we have around us and the unique world of this show, especially with Matt Spicer at the helm.”

The series marks Hulu’s third project with ABC Signature Studios following the recent pick-up of “Little Fires Everywhere,” as well as the first joint TV production project for LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, who together recently produced Robbie’s “I, Tonya” and who are in active pre-production on the untitled “Birds of Prey” film at Warner Bros.

Source: thewrap.com/

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Margot Robbie tip to play Jan Stephenson.

In an interview with Jan Stephenson on Golf Australia’s “Inside The Ropes”, Stephenson who has hoped to have a movie made about her career, she also has said one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses wanted to portray her rise from young Sydney athlete to become the face of the LPGA Tour.

“We’ve talked about doing a movie, Margot Robbie wants to play me,” Stephenson said.
“We’re very close to negotiating it and finishing (the deal).”

So looks like Margot may return to Aus at some stage to act and possibly produce the film like she did with “I, Tonya”? We will just have to wait and see.

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Margot Robbie And Nicole Kidman’s Fox News Movie Just Hit A Serious Roadblock.

An impressive all-star-led film about Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of Fox News, has been in development for a few months now, and in recent weeks it has been gearing up for the start of production. However, in a surprising turn of events, the film will now likely face delays, given that Annapurna Pictures has dropped the title.

The untitled Roger Ailes project, starring John Lithgow, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, is currently without a studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter – which cites that the move may have been made because of the film’s $35 million budget. That means that it is currently homeless, but that state may not last long. Filling the vacuum, BRON Studios, which has produced titles including Fences, The Birth of a Nation, and A Simple Favor, has signed on to co-finance the production, and Focus Features, Amblin and Participant Media are reportedly in talks to acquire the film.

The project about Fox News stars John Lithgow as the late Roger Ailes, who was tapped by media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996 to helm Fox News and Television. The executive was fired in 2016 by Murdoch after women, including television hosts Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, accused him of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Malcolm McDowell signed on to play Murdoch yesterday and Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron have signed on to play Carlson and Kelly, respectively.

Margot Robbie is also set to star in the upcoming film as Kayla Pospisil, a fictional Fox associate producer. The film is being helmed by the director behind Trumbo, Austin Powers and Meet the Parents, Jay Roach, and the screenplay writer of The Big Short, Charles Randolph, is penning the script. Also featured in the star-studded main cast is Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon.

The Fox News project starring a talented ensemble cast currently does not have a release date, but that should change when the film finds a new production company/distributor. We’ll continue to follow the development of this project as it continues.

Source: cinemablend.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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Margot Robbie’s ‘Birds of Prey’ to Open in February 2020.

Warner Bros. and DC entertainment are looking at releasing Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn inspired movie, “Birds of Prey”, in early February 2020 with filming due to start as early as Janurary next year!

Not much in the way of plot details at this current stage but there has been talks with actresses to play superhero roles including Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, who take on the villain known as the Black Mask

Reports surfaced last week that several actresses tested with Robbie including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jurnee Smolett-Bell, Margaret Qualley and Cristin Milioti. However, it’s likely we can expect some more announcements in the coming weeks.

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Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Ruin’ – Variety

Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in the independent World War II thriller “Ruin.”

Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) will direct from a Black List script by Ryan and Matthew Firpo. Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures is producing alongside Kurzel. MadRiver’s Ara Keshishian is executive producing alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, who are co-financing. Shooting is set to start in the spring in Prague.

The deal was announced Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival. CAA Media Finance packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights while IMR International is launching foreign sales at TIFF.

Robbie will portray a Holocaust survivor in the ruins of post-WWII Germany, who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-SS captain, played by Schoenaerts, in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad.

Robbie received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” which she produced as well under her LuckyChap banner. She will next star as Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary Queen of Scots” for Focus Features alongside Saoirse Ronan. Robbie is in production on Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing Sharon Tate, and will next play Harley Quinn in the untitled “Birds of Prey” film for Warner Bros., which she is also producing.

Schoenaerts can next be seen in David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” premiering at the Venice Film Festival; Thomas Vinterberg’s “Kursk,” which will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s “Mustang,” which Focus Features will be releasing next year.

Kurzel made his debut directing “The Snowtown Murders,” followed by “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and the adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed.”

Robbie is represented by Management 360, CAA, Aran Michael Management and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Schoenaerts is represented by CAA and UBBA in Europe; and Kurzel by CAA and Katie Richter in Australia. Ryan and Matthew Firpo are represented by UTA and LBI Entertainment.

Source: variety.com/

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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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First look at Margot playing Sharon Tate in “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”.

Margot recently posted a photo on Instagram of her in character for her next project currently in the works playing the infamous Sharon Tate who was brutally murdered by cult leader Charles Manson’s followers. The movie titled “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” which has been written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is set to be released in August next year. She stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt amongst other big names.

Plotline: “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

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Fox News movie: Margot Robbie joins Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron.

(L-R) Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman.

Margot Robbie is reportedly in talks to join Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in Annapurna’s upcoming film about the Fox News sexual abuse scandal, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kidman is slated to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who blew the whistle on the company’s culture of sexism and harassment when she and more than two dozen other women accused chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who died in 2017, of sexual harassment. Theron, who is also a co-producer, will play Megyn Kelly, another former Fox News anchor who said she experienced “explicit quid-pro-quo sexual harassment” at the hands of her former boss, Ailes.

Robbie, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her role as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, will reportedly play an associate producer at the network. The film, which has yet to be titled, will be written by The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach, best known for directing 2015’s Trumbo and the Austin Powers films.

The project is the second so far to zero in on Ailes’ 20-year reign at Fox News and the toxic culture that spawned from it. Showtime recently picked up an eight-episode series based on Gabriel Sherman’s Ailes biography and Fox News exposé The Loudest Voice in the Room. Russell Crowe will play the disgraced network chairman.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Annapurna project will be an ensemble, which means other prominent figures in the Fox News orbit – like former 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, former anchor Greta Van Susteren and axed host Bill O’Reilly – may be included.

Theron will be joined by fellow co-producers Beth Kono and AJ Dix, as well as Roach, Randolph and Margaret Riley.

Source: theguardian.com/

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