‘Birds Of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Reveals What Was In Her Sizzle Reel Pitch

Cathy Yan revealed details on the sizzle reel she created for her Birds of Prey pitch to Warner Bros.

After portraying Harley Quinn in director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie played a hand-on role in the development and production of a new film featuring the anti-heroine and the Birds of Prey. To helm the new feature film, Margot Robbie and Warner Bros. recruited filmmaker Cathy Yan, who was fresh of her feature debut titled Dead Pigs.

During an interview with The New York Times, Cathy Yan discussed the details of the sizzle reel she presented to Warner Bros. at the meeting for the Birds of Prey directing job. Consisting of footage the outlet says “embodied the worst of modern womanhood,” Cathy Yan set the reel to a homemade remix of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”:

“Like, scenes from ‘Bachelor’ proposals, the De Beers diamond commercial, Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial, Fox anchors talking about women, Trump saying ‘Grab ’em by the pussy.’”

While Cathy Yan ultimately landed the directing job, it appears the people at Warner Bros. were taken back by her reel. “After I showed the video, there was just silence,” the Birds of Prey director revealed.

Here is the official synopsis for Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey:

“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”

Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, and Michael Masini have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Birds of Prey is now playing in theaters.

Source: The New Yorker

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