Birds of Prey
A new feature piece in Vogue has revealed that the upcoming DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey,” a film which sees Margot Robbie reprising her role of Harley Quinn from “Suicide Squad,” will be the lowest budget of any DCEU movie to date. The crime drama is said to come in at a budget of $75 million, lower even than “Shazam” which was made for $100 million. Cathy Yan helms the R-rated, female-led comic book movie. [Source: Vogue]
“Blockers” helmer Kay Cannon will direct the Lionsgate feature “79ers,” dubbed a quarter-life coming-of-age treasure hunting comedy. In the film, a group of estranged friends are forced back together after 20 years to complete a treasure hunt they attempted as misfit teens but never completed. Dylan Meyer has been hired to work on the screenplay originally written by Ben Schwartz. [Source: Lionsgate]
I Care a Lot
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) is in negotiations to star opposite Rosamund Pike in “I Care a Lot,” a new thriller from J Blakeson who penned and will direct for Black Bear Pictures. Fiming begins soon.
Pike plays Marla Grayson, a successful legal guardian with a knack for using the law to her benefit and her clients’ detriment. But when she cherry-picks her seemingly perfect client, she soon realizes looks are deceiving. Dinklage’s role is under wraps. [Source: Variety]
Orion Pictures has acquired the rights to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s new horror film pitch “Svalta” which centers on a family on a summer vacation on a remote Swedish island where they discover a serial killer is on the loose, but the locals have no interest in helping the stranded family of tourists. Frost, James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders co-wrote the script while Pegg, Frost and Miles Ketley are producing. [Source: Deadline]
Bill Skarsgard (“IT”) is attached to star in the drama “Gilded Rage” which director Charlie McDowell is set to write and helm while Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing. The story is based on Benjamin Wallace’s Vanity Fair article about the infamous murder of Investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr. whose death was originally believed to be a suicide until an investigation proved otherwise. Skarsgard plays the man arrested for the crime and is still awaiting trial to this day. [Source: Variety]