Collider caught up with Margot Robbie to talk about her upcoming movie, Terminal, but they touched on Birds of Prey as well, which Robbie is producing. It sounds like that movie is going to be rated R!
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends,'” Robbie told Collider. “Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
Robbie went on to explain that a female directing Birds of Prey was important to her, which lead to Cathy Yan’s hiring.
“And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’?” So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.
In a separate interview with Moviefone, Robbie said that she was never involved with developing the other Harley Quinn movies we’ve heard about, like Gotham City Sirens.
“I know that they were exploring ‘Gotham City Sirens’ with David Ayer, and I know they were exploring a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, and they were exploring doing I don’t know what else. I wasn’t a part of those. I was focusing on this. I kept presenting it to the studio until they felt it was at a point where they were ready to do it. And now we’re all in.”
Obviously any kind of rating isn’t official at this point, but it sounds like there’s a strong possibility Birds of Prey will be rated R. Do you think that’s the right choice? Let me know in the comments below!