Cathy Yan to Direct Birds of Prey Movie

Bessie Dean
April 17, 2018

If the deal is completed, she will join Patty Jenkins as the second female superhero director in Warner's family, and the first Asian female tapped to direct a superhero film.

This is an historic move for Warner Bros. and DC - and a definitive win over Marvel Studios.

Harley Quinn has found her director. Yan only has one feature to her name: An indie film called "Dead Pigs" that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year.

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The girl gang movie is being written by screenwriter Christina Hodson, and it will be produced by Robbie, Kroll & Co Entertainment's Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures' Bryan Unkeless. The film is expected to be based on the "Birds of Prey" comics storyline and feature numerous female characters from the DC universe teaming up with Robbie's Harley. It's not confirmed if all these characters will make it to the final cut of the film. Hodson is also writing "Batgirl" for DC.

The film is looking to start production within the year. She is still negotiating to star with Leo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The other Harley Quinn films are still under construction. That's all very encouraging, especially to those of us who could've maybe done with 75% less gratuitous Harley Quinn ass-shots in Suicide Squad. "Dead Pigs" tells the story of a group of people in Shanghai, China figuring out their lives in the aftermath of a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floating into the city.

Yan is repped by CAA and attorney Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse Law.

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