The wheels under the new Tank Girl movie appear to be moving fast.
Earlier this week, Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin broke the news that Margot Robbie’s production company secured the film rights to the property from MGM; which has somehow held onto them since the release of their 1995 production. Collider has apparently confirmed Martin’s account, adding Dreamland filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will helm the project. It is being developed as a vehicle for Robbie, so expect her to continue to dominate comic book films with starring roles for women.
Robbie’s partners at LuckyChap Productions, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, will produce the film on her behalf. Presumably, they will also supervise scripting while Robbie shoots The Suicide Squad. But scripting will be key as Robbie will not commit to the project until she reads a satisfying script.
Because the film rights were still held by MGM after 20+ years, Collider is also presuming the film will be something of a remake — pairing the title character up with Jet Girl and a group of freedom fighters for control of the world’s remaining water supply. Any new mythology added to the series by Martin, co-creator Jamie Hewlett, and other collaborators since 1995 will not be available to the production. Unless of course they reach out to Martin and Hewlett, but the tone of Martin’s original post makes it seem LuckyChap will not contact them for any reason.
Hopefully, the creators will be involved and we can all celebrate the return of Tank Girl to the movies some day.