Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was unequivocally a stand out of Warner Bros. and DC Films’ divisive Suicide Squad, so it’s no surprise that the studios have made the character’s upcoming spinoff film a priority (not to mention Robbie’s healthy relationship with Warner Bros. and the fact that Harley Quinn is touted as the 4th most popular DC character). Today brings the news up-and-coming screenwriter Christina Hodson has been set to pet the script for the upcoming Suicide Squad spin-off that will feature Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.
You may not know Hodson’s name just yet, but pretty soon you’re going to see it popping up all over the place. The three-time Black List scribe, who started her career as a development executive, has her feature film debut in theaters this week with the Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay led thriller Shut In, and next up is the erotic thriller Unforgettable for Warner Bros, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Out of her three Black List Scripts, her spec script
Out of her three Black List Scripts, her spec script The Eden Project was picked up by Sony and Material Pictures. She has also penned a reboot of The Fugitive for Warner Bros, adapted the Japanese crime novel Out as a possible AMC TV series, and per Deadline, is scripting a “female-centric action epic” for Nina Jacobson at Fox. Oh, and she’s also writing Paramount’s buzzy Bumblebee spin-off for Paramount.
Earlier today, Deadline mentioned Hodson was writing an untitled feature for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, and The Wrap has confirmed that film will be the female-centric Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff. Robbie is expected to produce under her LuckyChap banner as well as returning to star in the film as Harley Quinn. The project was first announced back in May, before Suicide Squad even hit theaters, and since then, Robbie has deepened her relationship with Warner Bros. through a first-look deal to produce and develop films.
Birds of Prey, which debuted in DC comics in 1996 as a team-up between Black Canary and Oracle (aka Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl), and has since expanded over the years to a revolving door of female (and occasionally male) superheroes including Huntress and Katana. On the heels of Smallville‘s success, The WB adapted Birds of Prey for a short-lived TV series, and the CW has since played with Birds of Prey team-ups in Arrow. No word yet on when the film adaptation might make it to theaters.