Cathy Yan has been selected to direct a film derived from DC based on the crazed supervillain Harley Quinn. The gang movie will be based on the comic "Birds of Prey", with Margot Robbie as the protagonist.
Robbie's LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment, along with Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.
Yan, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who made her feature film debut with the entry of Sundance's "Dead Pigs," will be the second filmmaker to direct a DC movie, follow Patty Jenkins with "Wonder Woman." She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a movie from the DC Comics universe. DC previously called Ava DuVernay to direct "New Gods," which is still in development.
Christina Hodson, who was recently chosen to write the photo of "Batgirl," wrote the script. The studio had weighed several options for Quinn, including a sequel to "Suicide Squad" with Gavin O'Connor, before choosing "Birds of Prey." The sources add that the script is still being worked on, but it is likely that Yan will be in charge of directing the reins once the script is ready.
Production is expected to begin later this year after Robbie finishes shooting "Once upon a time in Hollywood" by Quentin Tarantino, for which he is currently in negotiations to play Sharon Tate.
Harley Quinn's sequel, starring "Suicide Squad", is expected to begin production in 2018. Gavin O'Connor is on board to write the sequel and is also in talks to direct the film co-starring Will Smith and Jared Leto.
Yan is replaced by CAA. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.