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‘Avengelyne’ Package deal To Warner Bros With Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, Simon Kinberg; ‘Poor Issues’ Tony McNamara To Adapt ‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld Comedian E-book

April 30, 2024

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is negotiating to shut a seven-figure film-rights deal for Avengelyne — Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld’s signature comedian guide creation about an angel who fights the forces of evil.

A lot of the offers are closed. Deadline hears Margot Robbie is eyeing to star because the title character (topic to script), Olivia Wilde will direct, and Poor Issues scribe Tony McNamara will write the screenplay. Aboard to provide is LuckyChap, the shingle Robbie runs with Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, and Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon via their Style banner.

This one got here to Warner Bros, and the studio pre-empted it. It’s the second huge deal for the studio in every week. Warner Bros has closed a $2.5 million deal to safe a rights bundle for a film about Chris Farley that Paul Walter Hauser will star in, with Josh Gad directing. The Avengelyne deal is even greater.

LuckyChap is coming off Barbie, final 12 months’s top-grossing movie with eight Oscar nominations. Wilde final directed Don’t Fear Darling and earlier than that Booksmart.

Deadline revealed this as a hot project April 4.

Avengelyne is an angel who fights the forces of evil and sometimes finds herself face-to-face with demons and monsters. She was essentially the most feared warrior in heaven’s Warhost, having single-handedly damaged into Pandemonium, the outer fortress of hell, to confront the satan himself. She is a fallen angel, banished from heaven by God after being tricked into questioning his love for people. Avengelyne was stripped of all her angelic talents, apart from her nice power and her blood, which, as soon as extracted from her physique, could possibly be used as a weapon or a miracle, when it’s empowered by quoting verses from the Bible. Avengelyne makes use of her powers to combat demons on Earth and is being groomed to be humankind’s final hope in a coming Armageddon.

Kinberg has produced the Deadpool movies that got here from Liefeld’s comics, and that led to the dialog on Avengelyne, which Kinberg dropped at Robbie. They introduced in Wilde and McNamara; between Deadpool, Barbie, Poor Issues and Booksmart, there may be an edgy sensibility they hope to seize right here. Warner Bros manufacturing heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy sparked to a title that De Luca really optioned when he ran manufacturing at New Line years in the past. Liefeld’s inventory is excessive, as Deadpool & Wolverine seems to be the summer season’s huge movie. Kinberg is exec producer on that one.  

Previously, Liefeld has defined his heroine this fashion: “Avengelyne resonated so powerfully with the viewers as a result of her story of redemption is one that’s so relatable. A fallen angel, sentenced to redeem herself by serving humanity, Earth is a overseas setting to her, she should adapt as a way to save herself in addition to mankind. Her dilemma gives humor amidst the bigger plot engine driving her journey.”

Verve, CAA and UTA dealt with the public sale. Robbie is repped by CAA, Aran Michael Administration and Leisure 360; Wilde is with CAA, Untitled and Hamilton Hodell; McNamara is with UTA, Sugar23 and HLA Administration; and Liefeld is repped by Verve.

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