No sooner did news break that “Shut In’s” Christina Hodson will write the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” than TheWrap reports she’ll also script Warner Bros.’ Harley Quinn-led film.
Announced in May, the feature has been characterized not as a Harley Quinn solo outing or a sequel to “Suicide Squad” sequel, but rather an ensemble film that will feature several of DC Comics’ female heroes and villains. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have been mentioned, but nothing has been confirmed.
Margot Robbie is set not only to reprise her “Suicide Squad” role as Harley Quinn but also executive produce through her first-look deal with Warner Bros. She reportedly pitched the idea for the film to the studio.
Although “Suicide Squad” received largely negative reviews, the David Ayer film set box office records for an August debut on its way to earning $745.6 million worldwide. What’s more, Robbie emerged as its breakout star following roles in “About Time,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and “The Legend of Tarzan.”
Like Robbie, Hodson has become a hot commodity, with three scripts on the Black List, and “The Eden Project” and a reboot of “The Fugitive” in the works. Those are of course in addition to the “Bumblebee” spinoff, which arose from her work in the writers room for the Paramount Pictures/Hasbro “Transformers” franchise.
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