Cathy Yan Tapped to Direct Harley Quinn 'Birds of Prey' Movie

by Wade Massey April 18, 2018, 1:52
Cathy Yan Tapped to Direct Harley Quinn 'Birds of Prey' Movie

In a historic move, Warner Bros. has tapped Chinese-American Cathy Yan to direct a DC spinoff based on Harley Quinn, starring Margot Robbie, according to Deadline.

If the deal is finalized, Yan will become the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film, and will join Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins as only the second woman to direct a DC Films feature. (Robbie reportedly wanted a female director for the film.) Christina Hodson, whose name you may recognize as she was just announced as the scriptwriter for the upcoming Batgirl film, wrote the script. Per Deadline, the film could start production after Margot Robbie wraps her upcoming project, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January.

The film is scheduled to begin production at the end of the year. Since its initial launch, the team has expanded beyond heroes like Black Canary and Huntress to include more eclectic players like Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Big Barda (soon to be seen in Ava DuVernay's New Gods adaptation).

Warner Bros. and DC settled on the script for the project almost two years ago.

In the following years, Robbie has continued to raise her profile in Hollywood immensely, landing leading roles in films like The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad in 2016 and the biopic I, Tonya in 2017. A sequel is in the works for Suicide Squad, in which Jared Leto plays Joker.

The next DC Comics-inspired film to star Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is on the way, and it could be directed by 2018 Sundance Film Festival breakout director Cathy Yan. Hodson also is writing the Batgirl movie.

If the new strategy is to give the movies to directors and writers most capable of telling the character's stories, and then getting out of the way, the DC film universe might have a chance to get better.

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