Robbie’s turn as the Maid of Mischief in 2016 Suicide Squad earned her a strong following, and plans for several reprisals of the character (see “Even More Harley Quinn”). This film is expected to be based on the Birds of Prey storyline. The script has been written by Christina Hodson, who just was tapped to write the new Batgirl film (see “'Batgirl' Finds Woman Screenwriter, Del Toro Signs Deal with Fox Searchlight, Treverrow Returns to 'Jurassic World,' 'The Kitchen' and 'Wonder Woman 2' Casting”).
Yan is an up-and-coming filmmaker, who earned notice at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year when her dark comedy Dead Pigs won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting. Yan has directed several shorts and also worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She would be the first female Asian director for a superhero blockbuster.