Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Margot Robbie's Pitch for the Harley Quinn Movie Sounds Incredible

Margot Robbie's Pitch for the Harley Quinn Movie Sounds Incredible

"I want to make a girl gang, R-rated film that Harley is a part of", Robbie told the outlet, again using that hyper-cool description. Robbie proposed to create a film that tells about a gang of girls, which will include Quinn.

While we know that a Suicide Squad sequel is on the cards, we discovered two years ago that there was a spin-off in the works that involved Quinn. "And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff", Robbie continued.

Warner Bros. has not confirmed Yan's hiring, or announced a release date for the film. You can't pull off a film in China for as little money as she had, and make it look so incredible, and still care about the characters more than anything, right? "They always get 'Here's the tiny little film...' I was like, 'I love action".

Robbie revealed to the outlet that she has spent three years working on Birds of Prey, which has Dead Pigs filmmaker Cathy Yan attached to direct, and first pitched the project back in 2015 when she was shooting Suicide Squad. I was like, 'I love action. But I was not a part of those versions, I was always focused on this one with Christina ...

Multiple spinoffs starring the character are now in various stages of development, including David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens and a Joker/Harley flick, but the one poised to drop first is Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey.

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The Academy Award nominated actor said she aligned herself more with the Birds of Prey TV series that was released in 2002. I wasn't a part of those. I love action films. I kept presenting it to the studio until they felt it was at a point where they were ready to do it.

Are you interested in Birds of Prey and what do you think of an R-rated DCEU film?

While not always the case, R-rated superhero movies have proven to be a bankable concept, with Fox's Deadpool and Logan revitalising the X-Men brand, but so far neither Marvel nor DC have properly committed to experimenting with it themselves (outside of the extended cut of Batman v Superman, which wasn't made with the rating in mind). So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. As she indicated, that was just a pitch.

Remember, that doesn't mean the story is going to be ridiculously dramatic or tense.

As for what all of this means for movies like Gotham City Sirens and that Joker/Harley movie, the running assumption is that those have now been tossed out as the studio focuses exclusively on getting Birds of Prey and Gavin O'Connor's Suicide Squad 2 going in the near future, with Batgirl somewhere off in the distance as well.

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