Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spinoff has found its director.
Deadline is reporting that while a deal hasn’t been signed yet, Cathy Yan is Warner Bros. and Robbie’s choice to direct the movie. They were impressed by her pitch and Robbie wanted a female director for the project. While Yan has just one movie on her résumé, Dead Pigs, it won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year.
The “girl gang” movie will be based on the Birds of Prey comics, though the other female heroes and villains that will be joining Harley Quinn are not yet confirmed. The comics have featured characters like Batgirl, Catwoman, Black Canary, and Huntress.
The script is from Transformers: Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, who just got hired to write Batgirl as well. Margot Robbie is producing the movie via her production company, LuckyChap.
Robbie has been developing movies for Harley Quinn for years now, including Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad director David Ayer. It seems like Birds of Prey won out between the two.
Deadline says Birds of Prey is expected to start production at the end of the year, or early 2019 at the latest.