Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2018

Warner Bros. tapped Bumblebee and Shut In writer Christina Hodson to pen the script for a Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff back in 2016. While the MCU have yet to give a woman solo directorship of one of its MCU films, the DCEU has just secured its second solo female director.

Cathy Yan is in early talks to direct Margot Robbie in the next Harley Quinn movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Yan, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, will become the first Asian woman to direct a DC superhero film.

Harley Quinn has found her director. She helmed "Dead Pigs", which won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at the Sundance Film Festival. Yan's pitch for the DC movie was "exceptional" and her hire was supporting by Robbie, who has been adamant DC and Warner Bros. get a female director to helm the project. What is clear is that both the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female, remarkable for a studio-sized superhero film.

Robbie's LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment, along with Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

Created in the mid-'90s, the DC Comics team known as the Birds of Prey began as a team-up between Barbara Gordon (then operating as Oracle, now operating as Batgirl) and Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary), and eventually grew to include heroes and antiheroes like Huntress, Catwoman, Katana, and Harley Quinn (though often as an ally of the team rather than a full-fledged member).

This film looks cleared to start production by year's end or early next year, after Robbie completes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The studio had been weighing several Quinn options, including a "Suicide Squad" sequel with Gavin O'Connor, before picking "Birds of Prey".

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