Cathy Yan will direct the Harley Quinn standalone film based on the DC Comics "Birds of Prey" title, becoming the first Asian female to direct a superhero movie.
Yan will be the third female filmmaker to enter the souped-up Warner Bros. superhero era, joining Patty Jenkins, who helmed Wonder Woman past year, and Ava DuVernay, who will direct the upcoming New Gods.
Yan's debut feature film, Dead Pigs, won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The upcoming film is based on the Birds of Prey DC Comic and is being pitched as a "Harley Quinn girl gang movie" by the producers. DC previously tapped Ava DuVernay to direct "New Gods", which is still in development. Upon graduating, she worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong before following her dreams as a filmmaker. "Sources are describing the project as an all-female variation on Suicide Squad", The Hollywood Reportersaid.
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Yan will team up with screenwriter Christina Hodson - who was recently hired to revive Joss Whedon's abandoned Batgirl project - and Robbie will produce the film via her LuckyChap Entertainment production company. She's also attached to star in a "Suicide Squad" sequel to be directed by Gavin O'Connor, an untitled Joker/Harley Quinn film, "Gotham City Sirens", as well as a rumored solo film. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will be the leading face for the picture.
Warner Bros. and DC settled on the script for the project almost two years ago. Justice League was a bomb last year, and the year before, Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad were also failures. Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and the rest of the cast are all expected to reprise their villain-turned-hero roles for Suicide Squad 2.
"I thought the scenes and what we did together was some of the most fun I've ever had on a set before".