According to Tank Girl comic book co-creator Alan Martin, Margot Robbie and her production company LuckyChap Entertainment have got their hands on the Tank Girl film rights from MGM to make a new movie based on the character.
Not just that, but the project has been in development for several months now.
MARTIN: “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.”
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
Robbie’s LuckyChap produced the Oscar-winning film I, Tonya along with the upcoming DC Comics flick Birds of Prey as well.
The original 1995 film was considered a massive flop despite the comic book film gathering a bit of cult following years later, mostly thanks to Lori Petty’s wacky performance.
After a comet disrupts the rain cycle of Earth, the planet has become a desolate, barren desert by the year 2033. With resources scarce, Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell) — head of the powerful and evil Water & Power Corporation, the de facto government — has taken control of the water supply. Unwilling to cower under Kesslee’s tyrannical rule, a pair of outlaws known as Tank Girl (Lori Petty) and Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) rise up, joining the mysterious rebel Rippers to destroy the corrupt system.
It’s certainly in Margot’s wheelhouse given her role as Harley Quinn shining a light on her comedic timing. At least this is a remake worth tackling given that the movie wasn’t a success and modern filmmaking tools could help build-up that universe on a much larger scale.
Not to mention, that with the massive success of Mad Max: Fury Road a project like Tank Girl that could somewhat be considered a parody of that franchise might do very well with general audiences.
SOURCE: ALAN MARTIN