David Ayer, Margot Robbie Reteam for All-Female DC Villains Movie ‘Gotham City Sirens’ (Exclusive)
David Ayer is back in the business of DC comic villains.
The filmmaker, who directed Warner Bros.’ all-bad guy comic book movie Suicide Squad, is reuniting with that film’s star, Margot Robbie, for Gotham City Sirens, a feature project that will showcase the top female villains from the DC stable, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ayer will direct and produce the project with Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, the part-time girlfriend of the Joker who is currently DC’s most popular female character. Robbie also is executive producing.
Sirens was a recent comic series from DC that focused on the popular villainesses from Batman’s rogue gallery. Among them were Quinn; Catwoman, Batman’s sometime love interest; and Poison Ivy, who uses plants and their toxins to get what she wants.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet, a top female writer in the action sphere who also has penned scripts for the Tomb Raider remake and Warners’ own Sherlock Holmes 3, is writing the screenplay.
The heads of DC’s film arm, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, also will be involved in a producorial role.
Suicide Squad was a tough production and the movie underwent some reshoots, but it turned out fine for all parties involved as it grossed over $745.6 million globally. It is now the 13th highest-grossing superhero release of all time domestically and has surpassed the international box office of Deadpool, a movie to which it was often compared in terms of tone.
The studio is still developing a Suicide Squad sequel as well as looking into a spinoff featuring Deadshot, the assassin character played by Will Smith. But this project was the furthest along, and with Robbie’s Quinn having received near universal praise for Squad, this was the most natural project for Ayer with which to make his Warners return. The filmmaker is currently nearing the end of principal photography for Bright, a fantasy thriller for Netflix that stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
Warner Bros. doesn’t have a release date for Sirens, but the project is now on the fast track.
Ayer is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.
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Miramax Lands Margot Robbie As Tonya Harding Drama ‘I, Tonya’
EXCLUSIVE: Miramax has acquired U.S. distribution rights to I, Tonya, the drama that has Margot Robbie set to play disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie is directing. Deadline first revealed in May that Robbie would play Harding, and the project picked up steam around AFM, when AI Film signed on to finance the Steven Rogers script. The Aussie actress might have to brush up on her figure skating moves, but there is a portion of the program here she proved adept at as the bad girl in Suicide Squad. Harding emerged from a poor upbringing and rough childhood in Portland, OR to rise to the top of the sport of figure skating with determination and athleticism that allowed her to become the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions. She won the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and second in the World Championships, and was set for a showdown against fellow American skater Nancy Kerrigan. The fairy tale turned nightmarish, after Kerrigan was attacked by thugs who tried to break her leg. It turned out the culprit was Harding’s husband, who implicated his wife as he tried to stay out of jail. Kerrigan wound up winning the silver medal at that Olympics, and the completely distracted Harding finished eighth as her life was circling the drain. As the ensuing scandal unfolded, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship and banned her for life.
Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, LuckyChap’s Robbie and Tom Ackerley, and Rogers are producing, while AI’s Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi are exec producers. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA brokered the deal. Miramax head of film &TV Zanne Devine spearheaded it for the distributor and Rosanne Korenberg is overseeing the film for Miramax. Sierra/Affinity is selling offshore.
Miramax confirmed. Said Robbie: “The script is unbelievable, it’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I know Craig’s approach with the material and the characters will be executed brilliantly. Tom and I at LuckyChap are so grateful to partner with Bryan for what will hopefully be the first of many jobs together.”
Robbie is repped by Management 360, CAA, attorney Jeff Bernstein and Aran Michael Management. Rogers is Gersh and Gillespie is UTA and Management 360.
Fox Searchlight’s Untitled A.A. Milne Project, directed by Simon Curtis, has started shooting on location around London. Margot stars alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Macdonald. Check out the first look photo above!
The behind the scenes story of the life of AA Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin.
Few romances have been adapted for the screen as often as the saga of Tarzan and Jane — whether it’s Johnny Weissmuller telling Maureen O’Sullivan, “Me Tarzan, you Jane” in 1932’s Tarzan the Ape Man or Andie MacDowell teaching Christopher Lambert English in the 1984 Greystoke.
But when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates set out to cast the leading lady in his upcoming blockbuster The Legend of Tarzan, he knew he needed a Jane who, yes, had chemistry with Alexander Skarsgård but could also fend for herself in the Congolian wilderness. He found both in Margot Robbie.
“If you enter the jungle with anybody, you want to go with Margot Robbie,” Yates says. “She’s practical, and she’s smart, and she’s resourceful. And she can take care of herself.”
As the Jane to Skarsgård’s Tarzan, Robbie is anything but a passive wife who sits around, waiting to be saved — even when Christoph Waltz’s villainous Leon Rom tries to use her as bait for her husband. (In the Tarzan trailer, she refuses to scream “like a damsel” when Rom commands her to.)
“It was very important that we didn’t want it to feel archaic or dated, where it’s like, tough guy has to save the poor girl,” Skarsgård says. “You have to feel that she’s strong and independent, and when you cast Margot, you’ll definitely get that.”
In fact, Skarsgård got a firsthand look at that strength in one particularly steamy scene.
“They’re doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], ‘Just slap Alex while you’re making love, just kind of give him a punch,’” Yates explains. “It was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness.”
Margot Robbie has come attached to I, Tonya, a script by Steven Rogers about the crazy story of Tonya Harding. Remember her? She was the ice princess who emerged from a poor upbringing and rough childhood in Portland, OR to rise to the top of the sport of figure skating with a ferocious determination and athleticism that allowed her to become the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions. That propelled her to victory in the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and second in the World Championships.
She was expected to battle Nancy Kerrigan for gold in the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Of course, Harding is mostly known for the infamy that occurred when her husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a couple of hired thugs tried to incapacitate Kerrigan by breaking her leg. They merely bruised Kerrigan, got caught, and Gillooly turned against his wife as he tried to stay out of jail. Kerrigan wound up winning the silver medal at that Olympics, and the completely distracted Harding finished eighth as her life was circling the drain. As the ensuing scandal unfolded, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship and banned her for life.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to this year in the realm of superhero films, not least of which is the upcoming Sucide Squad featuring the “worst heroes ever”. Director David Ayer assembled quite the interesting ensemble of actors to play the titular squad, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. With Sucide Squad’s release date just a few months away, many fans are growing quite excited to finally watch the film, and Margot Robbie is no different. During an interview with Hello Giggles, Robbie explained how she’s more excited than anyone about Sucide Squad.
I think I’m more excited than anyone about this movie. I’m not even going to pretend to play it cool. I am dying to see it. When people are like “I can’t wait to see it.” I’m like “You’ve got no idea, I want to see it more than you do!” I think it’s going to be so cool, and I just love that there’s a chick character who’s that badass, and who’s actually, like funnier and crazier and stronger than some of the males. I think that rarely happens. It’s an ensemble movie, and the ensemble is so strong. Every single cast member is brilliant. Everyone’s character is so good, everyone gets their moment in the film, and working with them was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I love this squad.