Margot Robbie and Bird of Prey Writer Christina Hodson’s Production companies team up to launch female-driven script writing program

The production companies of actress Margot Robbie and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson have both partnered to launch Lucky Exports Pitch Program (LEPP).

The companies, LuckyChap Entertainment, and Hodson Exports launched the program and has selected six female writers to participate in the initiative. The female writers will then focus on developing and writing scripts for an original action film. 

The Lucky Exports Pitch Program (LEPP) will be run by representatives from both production companies. Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara would represent LuckyChap Entertainment while Hodson Exports’ Morgan Howell and Christiana Hodson will co-run the program.

Both production companies would produce and fund the original action feature movies developed by the writers under the program. Both companies have attached a $30 million budget for the production of each original action movie written by the selected writers. The program is set to take place from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6 which is about four weeks. In other words, the selected female writers have to develop and pitch their ideas with the four weeks. 

The ambition and goal of setting up the program are to help new writers gain experience and the exposure that would make them the go-to scriptwriters for popular studios.

The selection of the participants in the program was carried out through a multi-step process. Writers interested in the initiative were asked to send samples and the samples were then read blindly. A few of those writers were then invited to apply to the program via a written questionnaire. The writers were then interviewed in-person by representatives of Hodson Exports and LuckyChap Entertainment. 

During the program, about a dozen speakers consisting of actors, writers, producers, and directors are expected to join informal Q&As sessions and workshops with the selected female writers. Some of the speakers expected in the program include Lindsey Beer, Courtenay Valenti, Chad Stahelski, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Bek Smith, Zak Penn, Sue Kroll, Chantal Nong, Oren Uziel, Chris Morgan, and Max Borenstein among others. 

The six female writers selected to the LEPP are Eileen Jones, Sue Chung, Dagny Looper, Charmaine DeGrate, Maria Sten, and Faith Liu.

In a statement, LuckyChap Entertainment said, “We feel it is both a responsibility and a great honor to help create opportunities for the voices in our industry who are not yet being heard in the big-budget action space. We couldn’t be more excited to join these six incredible writers on this journey!”

“It is no secret that there are more men than women getting hired to write big-budget studio movies, and yet there are a huge number of talented female voices looking to break into this space. I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a number of franchise movies, alongside great male and female writers. Feature writing has traditionally been a solitary exercise but it doesn’t need to be. I wanted to create a program that was as much about peer to peer collaboration and community as it is about changing the statistics. Margot and I share a passion for championing female voices and feel that one way to do that is to connect these writers with a wide-array of experts in big-budget filmmaking –men and women alike.” Christiana Hodson said in a statement addressing the reason for launching the initiative.

Micheal Keaton in Early Talks to Return as Batman in ‘The Flash’ Movie

Micheal Keaton is not a stranger to the role as he played Gotham’s rich caped crusader in the 1990s Batman movies which were directed by Tim Burton. He starred in Burton’s Batman released in 1989 as well as Batman Returns which was released in 1992. Although the role made Keaton famous, his acting in the movies was top-notch. Both of these reasons must be why Warner Bros. has decided to offer the veteran actor a deal to reprise the character.

The Flash movie is theatrical release on June 3, 2022, and will feature Ezra Miller reprising his role as Barry Allen, AKA Flash. Ezra Miller has previously played the character in three other DC Movie – Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Directing the movie is Andy Muschietti while Christina Hodson who wrote Birds of Prey is on board to write the script of the movie. The movie will be produced by Michael Disco and Barbara Muschietti.

The Flash character was created in the 1950s comics when a scientist, Barry Allen, working for the city police, gained the ability to move as fast as light after he was struck by lightning whilst working on some chemicals.

Micheal Keaton’s role as Batman in “The Flash” movie does not affect the upcoming “The Batman” movie directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader. Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is scheduled for theatrical release on Oct. 1, 2021, but might change if movie theaters remain closed in some part of the world.

How much Keaton features in the “The Flash” movie is not quite certain as production for the movie is yet to start.

Asides playing the caped crusader, Michael Keaton has played several other roles in popular epic movies in recent years. Some of them include playing Vulture in “Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming”, starring Ray Kroc in “John Lee Hannock’s The Founder”. He is also set to play Ramsey Clark in the upcoming movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7” which is set for release later this year.