Margot Robbie and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson have joined forces to launch a female-driven screenwriting program with a specific focus on action films, called the Lucky Exports Pitch Program. The program, already underway, will be run jointly by Robbie, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap Entertainment and Hodson and Morgan Howell of Hodson Exports.
The program has selected six writers to participate in a four week program designed to carry the participants through every stage of developing a studio-ready pitch. That includes breaking stories and drafting outlines for original action features in a collaborative environment. The participants will also participate in Q&As and workshops with a dozen industry guest speakers including writers, actors, producers and directors. It’s essentially a writer’s retreat, with the stated goal of gaining its participants “the exposure and experience they need in order to become go-to names for studio/franchise jobs.” LuckyChap and Hodson Exports will be attached to produce each project developed during the program.
“It is no secret that there are more men than women getting hired to write big-budget studio movies, and yet there are a huge number of talented female voices looking to break into this space,” said Hodson in a statement. “I wanted to create a program that was as much about peer to peer collaboration and community as it is about changing the statistics. Margot and I share a passion for championing female voices and feel that one way to do that is to connect these writers with a wide-array of experts in big-budget filmmaking – men and women alike.”
Robbie’s LuckyChap echoed Hodson’s enthusiasm in a statement, saying, “We feel it is both a responsibility and a great honor to help create opportunities for the voices in our industry who are not yet being heard in the big budget action space. We couldn’t be more excited to join these six incredible writers on this journey!”
The Lucky Exports Pitch Program is an undeniably cool idea, and it’ll be exciting to see what films are developed as a result of it. The program began earlier this week and runs until December 6.
Margot Robbie is in negotiations to executive produce and star as a fourth-grade teacher in New Line’s comedy “Fools Day.”
New Line has acquired Cody Blue Snider’s short film of the same name to adapt into the feature project. Snider, who co-wrote and directed the short, will direct the full-length feature from a script he penned with Shane Snider and Keatyn Lee.
The short, which has been honored at more than 30 film festivals, centers on a fourth grade class that accidentally kills their teacher when they play an innocent April Fool’s Day prank on her. Convinced they’ll go to prison if anyone finds out, they try to hide her body before a police officer arrives for their anti-drug lesson.
If Robbie’s deal goes through, she will star as the teacher in what’s described as a supporting role. Producers on the feature are Bill Migliore, Edward Norton, and John Rickard. In addition to Robbie, executive producers will be Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, who are also in negotiations to produce through Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.
Robbie recently starred as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” She received a best actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Tonya Harding in 2017’s “I, Tonya.”
Cody Blue Snider is repped by Verve Talent and Literary Agency, Circle of Confusion and Cohen & Gardner. LuckyChap Entertainment is represented by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Get ready for a heavy dose of ’90s flashbacks as news has landed that Margot Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, has reportedly picked up the rights to a new Tank Girl from MGM. Nothing has been confirmed, but one of Tank Girl‘s co-creators, Alan Martin, tweeted out that the company had optioned the rights and was already several months into development on the movie.
Tank Girl is a comic book about a girl, Rebecca Buck, who lives, drives, and works in a tank during a dystopian future. It’s a weird little series that has quite the cult following in the comic world. It also already had a film made back in 1995. The film was torn apart by critics and flopped hard out of the gate but, much like the comic, has gained a consistent cult following. It’s easily the most ’90s, weirdest bit of absurdity the decade saw — it even had Malcolm McDowell as its villain and billed Lori Petty as a big star. To its credit, the film was ahead of its time in both adapting a comic book for the big screen and delivering a female lead in a sci-fi action movie. While the comics creators were involved with that film, it seems that so far they have not been brought on to advise on this one.
Margot Robbie is becoming quite the comic book go-to after she nailed the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, with her production company also producing the upcoming Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). There’s no word on if she will star in the film as the titular Tank Girl, but that seems like some pretty obvious casting. We also only have a secondhand report on this, so we may never see anything more out of it. Movie rights get optioned all the time without anything ever happening.
Deadline has confirmed that Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment is producing the period musical Big Gay Jamboree at Paramount. Fun Moms Dinner director Alethea Jones is attached to direct off a script being written by Maria Mindelle and Jonathan Parks-Ramage. Robbie isn’t attached to star.
The musical follows a young, raunchy woman who is transported into a 1940s musical and must find her way back home to present day. The project is said to be a mix between Oklahoma! and Book of Mormon.
Earlier this week, an article from Forbes got people talking with its claim that Harley Quinn “is not expected to return” in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, but while the report seemed in line with a previous rumor that had already been making the rounds, it seems that the publication has now heard news to the contrary.
In an amendment added to the same piece about the future of the DCEU, it’s said that Margot Robbie is now expected to reprise her role in Gunn’s follow-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad, with the full update reading as follows:
“UPDATE: I have learned from sources close to production that in fact, the information about Harley Quinn being absent from the new Suicide Squad movie is no longer up to date — she is indeed expected to appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year.”
Well, there you have it. Though it’s presumably still expected that The Suicide Squad will feature a mostly new cast, it sounds like Robbie is going to be spending even more of 2019 with clown makeup on her face than we previously thought.
Speaking of which, right now Robbie is in the process of filming Birds of Prey, which is set to be Harley’s first big screen outing since the first Suicide Squad. While the same Forbes report denied the recent rumors that Warner Bros. has plans for a Birds of Prey and Gotham City Sirens crossover flick, you can expect Cathy Yan’s film to open more doors for the Clown Princess of Crime if it performs as well as it could, though it’s noteworthy that the Forbes piece hasn’t also retracted the claim that the planned Joker and Harley Quinn spinoff has “fallen by the wayside.”
Regardless, if this latest update has it right, then Harley still has at least two movies left in her. First up is Birds of Prey, which comes out on February 7th, 2020, before The Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6th, 2021.