Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap Entertainment has optioned the film rights for the late 1980s indie comic book hit Tank Girl.
The news comes from the comic book character’s co-creator Alan Martin, who tweeted out this morning –
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
Alan co-created the character with artist Jamie Hewlett, who drew upon various punk designed aesthetics to fashion the story of the eponymous character traveling through a post-apocalyptic world with her boyfriend Booga, a mutant kangaroo-human hybrid. The first Tank Girl story appeared in the debut issue of British comics anthology Deadline in 1988 and continued through to the publication’s ending in 1995. Dark Horse Comics picked up the initial reprint rights to the strip in 1991. Since then, collected volumes of the series have continued to sell to new readers.
Robbie established her production company LuckyChap Entertainment in 2014 as a way of developing female-centric projects for herself and other actresses. So far, the company has produced or co-produced the films I, Tonya, Terminal, Dreamland and the upcoming Birds Of Prey. It is unclear if Tank Girl has been optioned as a starring vehicle for Robbie or if she will only take on a producer role for the film.
Tank Girl hit the big screen once before, in the self-titled 1995 film from Rachel Talalay, with Lori Petty starring. Although it didn’t do well with either critics or at the box office upon its initial release, the film has accrued itself a cult audience over the years.