The DC universe has its third female director.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a Birds of Prey movie in the works, with Margot Robbie set to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn.
According to Deadline, the companies have chosen director Cathy Yan to take the helm. Although she’s yet to officially sign on that dotted line, word is that the Wall Street Journal reporter turned filmmaker is expected to jump on board and join the ranks of fellow female DC directors Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Ava DuVernay (recently named as director of DC comic adaptation The New Gods).
It’s quite the score for Yan, who only has one feature credit to her name: the small comedy-drama Dead Pigs, which was handed a Sundance prize for World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting. The filmmaker reportedly earned the gig thanks to an impressive presentation she provided WB and DC, as well as Robbie’s steadfast desire to have a female helmer on the project.
In the comics, the Birds of Prey are a team of female crime fighters that includes Black Canary, Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon) and Huntress. No words as yet on what characters will or won’t be in the film.
It’s clear that the studios were keen to have a female driven creative team crafting this story about female characters. Apart from Yan on board as director, the script comes from Christina Hodson, who’s also attached to write WB’s Batgirl movie and who also wrote the script for the upcoming Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.
The script for Birds of Prey is reportedly close to being finished and production on the film is expected to begin either late this year or early next, depending on when Robbie completes work on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have been confirmed for that one; Robbie is currently in negotiations.
The plan is for Robbie’s Harley Quinn to also appear in Suicide Squad 2, which will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant), and a Harley and The Joker movie to co-star Jared Leto. Those are in various stages of development.