Warner Bros. is in negotiations to acquire the Marisa Lankester memoir Dangerous Odds, a package which has Margot Robbie attached to star as the author. The book chronicles Marisa Lankester's role in creating the first offshore sports gambling empire, which had connections to the mob. Marisa Lankester helped move the industry from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and eventually to the Dominican Republic, where gambling is legal.
While in the Dominican Republic, she became a victim of a violent and corrupt government. She was repeatedly raped by the general of the country's secret police and imprisoned in what she described as a "medieval hellhole." She eventually escaped the country and fled to Switzerland. Film 360 has been holding an auction for the project at Sundance since Wednesday, with multiple buyers indicating that Warner Bros. had landed the rights.
Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, Straight Outta Compton) is attached to write the screenplay adaptation, although the project doesn't have a director attached at this time. Margot Robbie is currently at Sundance for the premiere of Z for Zachariah, which she stars in alongside Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. After her breakthrough performance in Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie has become at fixture on the Warner Bros. lot, starring in the upcoming Focus and Tarzan for the studio, along with their superhero adventure Suicide Squad.