Just four months after Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie brought a Harley Quinn movie to Warner Bros. that she developed with another writer, the actress has now officially been set to executive produce the project. The actress has signed an exclusive first-look producing deal with Warner Bros., setting up this Harley Quinn project and an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen's Queen of the Air at the studio, both of which she's set to star in. The actress/producer will be developing projects through her LuckyChap production company that will be housed at Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter doesn't have any additional details about the Harley Quinn spin-off, but with this producing deal in place, it's most certainly moving forward. Our initial report revealed that the movie will feature Harley Quinn and a number of DC female heroes such as Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. The project doesn't have a director on board quite yet, and no production schedule has been announced, but that could change soon. Margot Robbie will be producing and developing projects alongside her LuckyChap partners Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr.
After landing the Harley Quinn role in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie started immersing herself in comic book research for the role, and became interested in these other characters. The actress brought on an unidentified writer to start developing this project. Warner Bros.' quickly acquired this project after the actress-producer brought it to the studio. This Harley Quinn project is the first of two projects she has set up with Warner Bros. as of now, but the other doesn't involve comic book heroes.
The second project is an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen's novel Queen of the Air, which tells the tragic tale of Ringling Brothers trapeze artists Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona, two of the biggest stars of the early 20th Century, who were also romantically involved. The project charts their rise to fame, their marriage and their tragic deaths, which all took place over the span of a few years. Margot Robbie is set to star and produce alongside Andrew Lazar (American Sniper), with Cat Vasko writing the script.
There have been rumors about Suicide Squad 2 being put into development alongside the Harley Quinn project. One report claimed that this sequel will show Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in her iconic court jester outfit. That hasn't been confirmed yet, but with Suicide Squad recently passing $700 million at the box office, it wouldn't be surprising if a sequel was given the green light soon. Margot Robbie's deal with the studio comes at a time when they are trying bring more diversity to the studio and showcase female voices and other under-represented talent through programs like Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop. The studio will also debut Wonder Woman in theaters next summer, and they are also prepping an all-female spinoff of Ocean's Eleven, starring Sandra Bullock.