Margot Robbie was already a star on the rise, but her appearance as Harley Quinn in 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad’ really put her on the map. She has since been nominated for an Oscar for starring in ‘I, Tonya’, and may very well score a second for ‘Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood’. But she recently wrapped her second film as Harley Quinn, ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ and will once again reprise the role in James Gunn’s follow-up/reboot ‘The Suicide Squad’. But it seems as though she can’t quite get enough of comic book movies. Her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, is developing a reboot of ‘Tank Girl’, which was made into a movie in 1995.
This news arrived via the Twitter account of Alan C. Martin, who co-created the original ‘Tank Girl’ comic books. However, he wasn’t exactly bubbling over with enthusiasm:
Just heard that Margot Robbie’s company have optioned rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie – now several months into development. We haven’t been contacted by any of the parties involved with the project, so not sure if there will be any input from the original creators. pic.twitter.com/7RxbV4qLFt
— Alan Martin (@AlienMartian23) September 9, 2019
The original ‘Tank Girl’ movie was a dismal flop and sank its star, Lori Petty, who had been a star on the rise in Hollywood. This would have been her big breakthrough role, but after it bombed, her career took years to recover. She has most recently been seen starring as Lolly Whitehill on Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’. Martin has referred to the first movie as “a bit of a sore point.”
Martin co-created ‘Tank Girl’ with Jamie Hewlett, who would later co-create the fictitious animated band The Gorillaz with musician/songwriter Damon Albarn. Martin and Hewlett have continued to work on newer ‘Tank Girl’ comics, sometimes with other collaborators. The original ‘Tank Girl’ comics were published by Dark Horse, while the most recent are from Titan Comics.
Seeing as how this new ‘Tank Girl’ is just a few months into development, it may be some time before we hear anything more. And just because Robbie’s company is developing this reboot doesn’t mean that she will star.
Check back for updates, but for now, how do you feel about a new ‘Tank Girl’ movie?