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Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale ‘Firefighters’; ‘Westworld’s Carly Wray To Script

EXCLUSIVE: 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.

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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

Margot Robbie confirms she will play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino movie

I, Tonya star Margot Robbie has confirmed she will play late actor Sharon Tate in the upcoming film by Quentin Tarantino.

Speaking to Stuff in Sydney ahead of the Peter Rabbit premiere on Saturday, Robbie confirmed she would play the actress who was brutally killed by Charles Manson’s associates on August 9, 1969.

Robbie said she was very excited to star in Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

“So yes, I will need to start researching,” she said.

Tarantino’s film has so far been shrouded in secrecy but Variety has confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will also star in the film.

Tate and four friends were found dead August 9, 1969. Manson ordered his followers to visit the house where the pregnant Tate was staying in Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles with Steve Parent, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger.

Tate was eight and a half months pregnant with director Roman Polanski’s baby.

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Margot Robbie’s ‘Dangerous Odds’ Movie Gets Backing From Bold Films

Oscar nominee Margot Robbie’s gambling project “Dangerous Odds” is getting financed by Bold Films after it was picked up in turnaround from Warner Bros.

Robbie, who’s nominated in the best actress category for “I, Tonya” at this year’s Oscars, is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment company and starring in the project, which centers on sports betting boss Marisa Lankester. CAA arranged the financing for the film and will represent domestic distribution rights.

Warner Bros. picked up the movie rights in 2015 to Lankester’s memoir “Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion-Dollar Sports Betting Operation.”

Production companies are Bold Films, LuckyChap, and Entertainment 360. LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will produce alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Jon Oakes and Management 360’s Ben Forkner. Executive producers are Bold Films’ CEO Gary Michael Walters and Svetlana Metkina and Management 360’s Gabe Cohen, Chris Huvane, and Jill McElroy. “Straight Outta Compton” scribe Andrea Berloff is the screenwriter and will also executive produce.

Lankester grew up in the upscale suburbs of New York City and worked in the heart of the largest illegal sports betting operation in U.S. history. She was arrested in 1987 on charges of bookmaking, along with six other employees, after Los Angeles law enforcement officials raided the office where she worked as a clerk for Ron (the Cigar) Sacco, operator of a horse-racing and sports-betting operation.

Ackerly and Robbie were producers on “I, Tonya,” along with screenwriter Steven Rogers and Bryan Unkeless. Bold Films produced “Whiplash,” “Drive,” “Shot Caller,” and “Nightcrawler.”

Robbie will be seen next in “Mary, Queen of Scots” opposite Saoirse Ronan. She is repped by CAA and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline.

Source: variety.com

Margot Robbie Reacts to Her First Oscar Nomination for I, Tonya

While most of the Oscar nominees took in this morning’s announcement over a cup of coffee, Margot Robbie was celebrating with champagne thanks to the time difference in her home country, Australia. The I, Tonya star was naturally ecstatic, as you can see in a video captured by her brother Cameron Robbie. Robbie was all smiles as she toasted with a few friends on the dance floor, following the Australian premiere of the film which traces the rise and fall of real-life figure skater Tonya Harding.

There’s nothing I could say that articulates how proud I am of this one #whatamoment #academyawardnomaninee!,” the actress’ brother wrote in a caption of an Instagram photo of the pair hugging. Earlier in the evening, while taking the red carpet to promote I, Tonya, Robbie revealed that she wasn’t stressing over the Academy Awards’ nominations. “I’m pretty jetlagged, I don’t think I’ll be losing sleep,” she told 9 News in reference to them. “I definitely need a good night’s sleep… Everything is already too good to be true and I don’t want to count on anything like that happening… It’s pretty nuts. Each year I’m like ‘wow, next year couldn’t be crazier than this year’ and then it gets crazier.

No doubt, things are only going to get crazier for Robbie in the wake of her first Oscar nomination — but they’ll be a different change of pace considering how hard Robbie worked to transform into Harding. “I did four months of training, five days a week, four hours a day,” she told W last fall. “On Christmas Eve, I was at the rink. And now I actually really miss it. I kept my ice skates—but I said goodbye to a whole world of pain that I didn’t realize came along with figure skating.

That was nothing though, apparently, compared to Robbie’s work towards adopting Harding’s voice. “Once I put on the wig, which altered my hairline, and bleached my eyebrows, I started to see Tonya,” she said. “The hardest part was losing my natural laugh. It needed to be Tonya’s laugh. I couldn’t do a triple axel like Tonya, but I was able to master her laugh.

Source: wmagazine.com

Joker And Harley Quinn Movie With Jared Leto And Margot Robbie In The Works

No, this is not a joke: less than 24 hours since the news broke that a Joker origin movie was in the works, with Todd Phillips directing (and, erm, Martin Scorsese producing), word comes that another, separate movie about Batman’s greatest nemesis is on the cards.

THR reports that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing-directing team behind Focus, Crazy, Stupid Love and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, have been recruited to helm a Joker & Harley Quinn movie, bringing together the two iconic DC villains for their own “criminal love story”. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, who portrayed the characters in Suicide Squad, are currently negotiating a return to the roles.

The characters are among the popular in DC’s expansive rogues’ gallery, frequently depicted as having a warped romance, and indeed, The Hollywood Reporter’s source says to expect “an insane and twisted love story… When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.

The currently-untitled Joker and Harley Quinn movie can be expected shortly after the currently-in-development Suicide Squad 2, and by the sounds of it, both projects are scrambling to get made while they still have their stars on contract. The follow-up to Suicide Squad is being fast-tracked for a 2019 release date, despite not having a director – though last we heard, Jaume Collet-Sera was the frontrunner for the gig.

The DC Extended Universe is rapidly growing in all sorts of directions, with the above, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, Cyborg, Justice League Dark and this November’s Justice League all in the works.

Source: empireonline.com

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