EXCLUSIVE: In a major development on Babylon, Emma Stone won’t be reuniting after all with La La Land director Damien Chazelle. But the picture remains on strong footing: Margot Robbie is in early talks to have a re-team in this film with Brad Pitt, her Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star.

Sources said Stone is exiting the film for scheduling reasons, and that Paramount Pictures and Chazelle are right now in early discussions with Robbie to take the female lead role.

The film is a period, R-rated drama, set in the shifting moment in Hollywood when the industry turned from silent film to talkies. When Paramount acquired the picture in late 2019, it set a Christmas Day 2021 awards-qualifying release, with a wide berth January 7. This was before the pandemic and obviously subject to change because the expectation is it will shoot at least in part in Los Angeles. The film will be produced by Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe, Marc Platt and Tobey Maguire.

The project was shopped just after Netflix greenlit another golden-era Hollywood film in Mank. The David Fincher-directed drama from a script written by his father Howard Fincher about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz has emerged as an awards-season frontrunner, with Gary Oldman playing the scribe. Babylon has the same kind of auteur heft to it.

Robbie, who is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Aran Michael Management, has a lot of momentum coming off Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bombshell and Birds of Prey. She has upcoming the James Gunn-directed Suicide Squad 2, and her Lucky Chap produced the Oscar season film Promising Young Woman. She starts production in January on the David O Russell film alongside Christian Bale and John David Washington, and is developing Barbie as a star vehicle and is in production on Maid, the Netflix limited series she’s exec producing.

Source: deadline.com

Hugh Jackman and Margot Robbie are among several celebrities announced as ambassadors for a new anti-racism campaign, DoMore, launching in Australia today (August 26).

According to a press release, the DoMore campaign is “a call to action for all Australians to be allies”.

The DoMore Australia launch video features personal messages from other ambassadors, including NBA star Ben Simmons, actors Miranda Tapsell and Samara Weaving, tennis icon Nick Kyrgios and more, who address the Australian community at large.

We can all make changes in our everyday lives – it’s about listening, understanding, doing your research and learning about others’ experiences,” Simmons said. “Putting that into action and doing more to stop racism is something all Australians can play a part in.

Watch the DoMore launch video below:

The goal of DoMore is to amplify current discussions around racism and the impact it can have, and encourage positive change from those conversations. In engaging with more BIPOC and listening to other people’s stories, DoMore hopes to “create tangible change and shape a better future for all”.

New videos will be uploaded weekly to the DoMore website, featuring interviews that document real-life experiences from Australians from different backgrounds. These stories are made to “encourage active participation in the name of anti-racism”.

Source: nme.com

This project is separate from the already announced franchise reboot being developed by ‘Pirates’ scribe Ted Elliott and ‘Chernobyl’ creator Craig Mazin.
Margot Robbie is setting sail with help from her Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

Hodson has been tapped to write a new, female-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney, with Robbie attached to star.

While plot details are being kept in Davey Jones’ locker, the project, in early development, is not intended to be a spinoff of the long-running franchise that had pirate Jack Sparrow at its center but rather a wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker, itself inspired by the long-running attraction at Disneyland.

The new project is said to be separate from the already announced reboot of the popular franchise that has Pirates scribe Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin developing the story.

Longtime Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer is attached to produce both the Elliot/Mazin project and this new Robbie/Hodson project.

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time, grossing over $4.5 billion on five feature films. But the Pirates franchise, fronted by Johnny Depp, has shown diminishing returns as of late, with the fifth installment, 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, coming in with the second lowest box office of the series ($795 million, unadjusted worldwide) only ahead of original film Curse of the Black Pearl. The studio has been plotting ways to revive the brand, with stories from new talent.

Hodson is one of Hollywood’s go-to blockbuster writers, with credits that include Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, as well as DC superhero projects The Flash, which now has Michael Keaton reprising his famous role of Batman, and Batgirl.

Robbie’s recent features include Bombshell and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and she will next be seen in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad sequel.

In addition to collaborating on Birds of Prey, Robbie and Hodson together in 2019 launched the Lucky Exports Pitch Program, a new initiative aimed at getting more female-identifying writers hired by studios to write action-centric movies.

Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, AMM, and attorney Jeff Bernstein of Jackoway Austen. Hodson is repped by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

Warner Bros. is reportedly already looking for a new Harley Quinn project. Margot Robbie most recently played the character in Birds of Prey, which opened in theaters earlier this year. The movie was a hit with critics, though it was not the box office success the studio had originally hoped for. In the end, the world’s current state of affairs cut the theatrical run short, giving the movie a second life on Digital and VOD platforms, where it performed much better.

Sources close to Warner Bros. say that they are developing a new movie for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. At this time, it is unclear what exactly that project will be. Some DC fans are hoping that they’re looking into Birds of Prey 2, though that seems rather unlikely at this current time. Others are hoping that we’ll get the long awaited Gotham City Sirens, which seems pretty logical at the moment. This has not been confirmed by the studio, though an announcement could arrive in the coming months.

Before Birds of Prey hit theaters, there were rumors about a new Harley Quinn movie hitting theaters every year for the next few years. 2020 counts for Birds of Prey, while 2021 goes to The Suicide Squad, and 2022 goes to the mystery project, if the rumor proves to be true. We also know that there was a Joker and Harley Quinn movie starring Margot Robbie and Jared Leto in development at one point, though that seems highly unlikely after Warner Bros. worked with Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix on Joker. It appears that Leto is finished with the character.

In a recent interview, Margot Robbie explained how she ended up landing on Birds of Prey. “Whilst I was researching [Harley] I started to read Birds of Prey and first I fell in love with Huntress, and I started looking into all of that,” Robbie said. This hooked the actress enough to keep digging into the DC universe. “I was like, ‘Wow, there’s so many cool female DC characters and no one knows anything about any of them!’” This is what eventually got Robbie into making the movie and choosing the characters.

As for why she didn’t choose more well-known characters, Margot Robbie felt it was time to introduce some lesser-known women. She says, “Focusing on the Gotham City Sirens, there were only three of us and we were all well known, whereas with Birds of Prey you can pick any grouping for that…” So, Robbie chose to go the more obscure route, which has been praised by many DC fans, even though that excitement didn’t translate into box office success. With that being said, 2020 has been a pretty strange year, so maybe 2021 will be better for Harley Quinn and her pals. DCEU Mythic was the first to report on the new Harley Quinn project in development.

Source: movieweb.com

A producer who viewed the nine-minute video said it was “an unbelievable way to sell a project,” adding that it inspired him to rethink how he takes out new material.

Margot Robbie swears. Ben Stiller begs for a role. Kaitlyn Dever and Joey King gush over a script in a notebook made from cardboard.

In a nine-minute “quarantine-style” video, which a source allowed The Hollywood Reporter to view but not share, the filmmakers behind last year’s indie hit The Peanut Butter Falcon are selling their next project in what may be the ultimate creative social-distance pitch.

Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz based their idea for a half-hour live-action comedy, The Wildest Animals in Griffith Park, on their own real-life experience living secretly in a park in the hills of Los Angeles while they developed the project that became The Peanut Butter Falcon. The pitch video now being circulated to prospective buyers includes photos from that experience. But in the prospective series, the protagonists would be two young women, played by the Booksmart and The Act stars. Robbie and her LuckyChap team are exec producing.

The pitch shows laptops mounted on a wall featuring “live” video of Robbie, Dever and King as they interact and share their vision for the half-hour live-action show. An audience of cardboard cutouts depicting Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and Amazon’s Jennifer Salke, among other potential buyers, is shown applauding enthusiastically.

In a landscape where Zoom pitches have become the new normal, the innovative pitch for The Wildest Animals in Griffith Park shows innovation as creators and producers look to break out from the pack. The clip, which was carefully circulated ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, was filmed in a makeshift studio at Nilson and Schwartz’s home.

The filmmakers describe the show using a succession of movie posters: It’s a twist on Alice in Wonderland with the cast of Girls living in a treehouse like Swiss Family Robinson, with the mindset of Fight Club and stealing from the rich and giving to the poor (as in Robin Hood), with fantastical elements like talking animals from The Never-Ending Story.

It’s an unbelievable way to sell a project,” one top producer told THR of the pitch for Wildest Animals, noting that it inspired him to re-think how he takes out new material in today’s climate. “I’m 100 percent sure this will sell. It’s just such a fun way to hear a pitch.”

Sources tell THR the video has landed the Wildest Animals team follow-up meetings with premium cable networks and streamers. The series is expected to generate multiple offers, given the stars and creatives attached.

Reps for all involved declined comment.

Nilson and Schwartz lead the high-energy pitch, which features the duo outlining key character beats for the four central leads and the larger themes they plan to explore. The series revolves around Diane (Dever) and Jackie (King) as they move into a park to find their “inner wild” and purpose in life and how their lives intersect with a couple, Andy and Blair.

In an obvious tongue-in-cheek feint at casting, Nilson and Schwartz use photos of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Brad Pitt as potential stars to play Andy, while Blake Lively and Reese Witherspoon’s images are used for Blair. Other characters include a mountain lion — who the filmmakers say should be voiced by Oprah or Benicio Del Toro — and a real raccoon that the duo befriended during their time living in the park. (The Peanut Butter Falcon star Shia LaBeouf is also subtly pitched for a supporting role.)

Stiller — who is friendly with Nilson and Schwartz — makes a cameo via FaceTime, at first declining to participate in the project but ultimately maneuvering to be part of it. (Sources say that was played for humor, and Stiller is not currently involved with the proposed series.)

Robbie’s LuckyChap partners Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, along with TV vp Brett Hedblom, met with Nilson and Schwartz a year or two ago and started developing the pitch. The project was taken to Warner Bros. TV, where Robbie’s company has an overall deal. With a pilot script already completed, the plan was for LuckyChap, Nilson and Schwartz to shop the project. Then the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-person meetings. Sources say Nilson and Schwartz then had the idea to use the safer-at-home mandate to find a creative way to pitch their show.

Along with Robbie, Nilson, Schwartz, LuckyChap’s Ackerley and Hedblom exec produce; Lije Sarki, who produced The Peanut Butter Falcon, is attached as a co-EP.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com