At this point in time, Margot Robbie is certainly no stranger to comic book movies, as she’s already filmed for the iconic Harley Quinn twice. The first time was for 2016’s Suicide Squad, with the second being the upcoming Birds of Prey. In fact, she’s giving it a third go-round as well in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, but that one has yet to go in front of cameras.
Tank Girl comic book co-creator Alan Martin says Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment is developing a movie reboot of the franchise. Created by Martin and Jamie Hewlett in 1988, Tank Girl made the jump from the comics to the big screen in 1995’s live-action film.
Martin took to Twitter on Monday to say a new Tank Girl movie is far into pre-production, though he isn’t personally involved in the project.
“Just heard that Margot Robbie’s company have optioned rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie – now several months into development.” tweeted Martin. “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.”
All things considered, Martin’s claim is believable enough. Robbie has taken on more responsibilities as a producer on her most recent films, including her acclaimed biography I, Tonya and Birds of Prey. In particular, she’s recently prioritized development on films that have feminist themes and/or empowering messages for women, like the the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. As anarchic and borderline surreal as the Tank Girl comics and 1995 movie are (they take place in a Mad Max-ian landscape populated by humans and mutated kangaroos, for example), they’re also known for being progressive when it comes to their handling of gender. In other words, Tank Girl is an IP that lies comfortably in Robbie’s wheelhouse as a budding actor-producer.
Since it’s early days at best, there’s no word yet on who could potentially write and direct the Tank Girl reboot. The 1995 film is still the rare comic book movie driven by women on both sides of the camera, so presumably Robbie will want to continue that tradition with the reboot. It’s also not clear yet if Robbie has any intention of playing the new Tank Girl, should a reboot come to pass.