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.
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Margot Robbie and Denise Di Novi have come on board as producers for Warner Bros. on the Mark Townsend science-fiction thriller “Augmented.”
The studio has acquired the rights to Townsend’s spec script and is keeping the logline under wraps. No actors are attached to “Augmented” at this point.
Both Robbie and Di Novi have first-look deals with Warner Bros. Carmen Lewis will also produce for Di Novi, along with Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara through Robbie’s Lucky Chap company. Warner Bros. executives Chantal Nong and Sheila Walcott will oversee the project.
Townend’s time-travel script “Contingency Protocol” appeared on the 2016 Black List with Bellevue Productions, Storyscape Entertainment, and Weed Road attached to produce and Broad Green financing.
Robbie signed her first-look deal last year. She has starred in three Warner Bros. films — “Focus,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Suicide Squad.” She’s starring in “Suicide Squad” spinoff “Gotham City Sirens” for her character Harley Quinn and will executive produce.
Robbie is also starring in the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” which will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which opens Oct. 13. She’s also a producer on “I, Tonya.”
Di Novi made her directorial debut with Rosario Dawson’s “Unforgettable.” She produced Robbie’s “Focus” and has dozens of producing credits dating back to 1988’s “Heathers.”
Lucky Chap is represented by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Bernstein. DiNovi is repped by CAA, Rain Management Group, and Bloom Hergott. Townend is repped by Verve, Bellevue, and Marios Rush.