Harley Quinn needs friends and that’s how actress Margot Robbie pitched the Birds of Prey film to Warner Bros.
Last month it was reported that Cathy Yan would direct a spin-off film that would focus on an all-female team based off the Birds of Prey comic books. Now Robbie, who is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn has revealed more about the project.
In an interview with Collider during the press tour for her new thriller Terminal, Robbie told the site how she pitched the film to the studio:
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ 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 was also instrumental in getting a female director on-board the project and spoke about Yan being the best director for the job:
“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.”
There has been rumours floating around the internet that Warner Bros. were looking at other projects for Robbie to return as Quinn in. However, Robbie clarifies that she wasn’t and isn’t involved with any other Harley Quinn projects in an interview with Moviefone:
“I want to make a girl gang, R-rated film that Harley is a part of,” Robbie explained, “And we started working on it from there. Meanwhile, over the course of the next few years, the studio was exploring other Harley Quinn spin-offs. But I was not a part of those versions, I was always focused on this one with Christina… 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.”
Count me in for an R-Rated Harley Quinn and co film. What about you?