Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding Biopic ‘I, Tonya’ Gets Distribution

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Miramax has bought U.S. distribution rights to Margot Robbie’s upcoming comedy “I, Tonya,” which will center on Tonya Harding’s 1994 attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) is directing. Robbie, who broke out in “Suicide Squad” this summer, will also produce along with Tom Ackerley through their Lucky Chap producing company with Bryan Unkeless and Steven Rogers, who also wrote the screenplay.

Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi will executive produce for AI Film, which is financing the project. AI came on to the project in October.


Craig Gillespie

Craig Gillespie to Direct Tonya Harding Biopic Starring Margot Robbie (EXCLUSIVE)

Rosanne Korenberg will oversee the project for Miramax. Rogers’ script was named to the 2016 Black List on Monday.

“The script is unbelievable,” Robbie said in a statement. “It’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I know Craig’s approach with the material and the characters will be executed brilliantly. Tom and I at LuckyChap are so grateful to partner with Bryan for what will hopefully be the first of many jobs together.”

UTA Independent Film Group and CAA handled representation of domestic rights with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales, which launched at the American Film Market.

Robbie and Lucky Chap are represented by Management 360, CAA, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Robbie is additionally represented by Aran Michael Management. Rogers is represented by Gersh. Gillespie is represented by UTA and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Brenda O'Connell says:

    will Tonya get paid for this movie?

  2. Tender Puppy! says:

    I imagine the tone of this might be somewhat similar to I Love You, Phillip Morris.

  3. jim smith says:

    The Harding/Kerrigan thing was a tragedy. A battered woman vs a woman whose family suffered great losses later b/c of intense pressure to be an ice princess.

    To make something and call it a comedy on this subject is sociopathic.

    • Steve says:

      No, it isn’t. I would assume it’s a dark comedy. IMO, “sociopathic” is thrown around a bit too lightly these days.

  4. Dunstan says:

    This past year, we witnessed one of the biggest film flops in recent memory with the Lance Armstrong film starring Ben Foster. No fault of Foster or director Frears but think about this: who’s going to pay money to see a film about someone we neither care about nor want to know more about?

    Answer: no one.

    Robbie is beyond talented but this is a losing cause from the get-go.

  5. Tim James says:

    She’s going to have to do one of those Charlize Theron/Aileen Wuornos things to pull it off believably.

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