Director Cathy Yan has recently opened up about landing the job of directing Birds of Prey. The director has also touched on her hopes for the project including confirmation it is aiming for an R-rating.
During an interview at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, Yan was asked asked how she had landed the job of directing Birds of Prey. “I did my homework,” she replied. “I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward,” she said, adding “I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice.”
“I could not put the script down,” Yan said. “It had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable. So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
Discussing her vision for the movie Yan said “It came out of me. I have never done any of these things and I asked my agents for examples to get a better sense: I put together a pitch deck and also assembled a sizzle reel. But I would say it wasn’t like a lot of other sizzle reels which reference other films that remotely feel like your film. I find those to be rather pointless. But I created my own version that thematically and tonally conveyed what you would feel (in my movie).”
Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.