Margot Robbie's Luckychap, Warner Bros. to Produce 'Barbed Wire Heart' Adaptation (Exclusive)
Warners quietly picked up the Tess Sharpe novel earlier this year.
Luckychap and Rideback, the production companies run by Margot Robbie and Dan Lin, respectively, have teamed to adapt Barbed Wire Heart, a gritty novel by Tess Sharpe, for Warner Bros.
The studio has set Carly Wray, who has written episodes of Westworld and was a staff writer on Mad Men, to pen the script.
Robbie is producing via her LuckyChap Productions along with the company's Tom Ackerley. Lin and Jonathan Eirich are producing via Rideback. Robbie is not expected to star.
The book, published in March through Grand Central Publishing, centers on Harley McKenna, the daughter of a hard-edged, drug-running, meth-dealing killer who’s been trained for the family business since she was 16. When a rival family, who is also responsible for her mother’s death, makes a bloody push into her poor rural community, McKenna has to find a way to stand up to both her violent father and her mother’s killers without jeopardizing the lives of the abuse survivors in the women’s shelter she runs.
Nick Reynolds will oversee the project for Rideback. Josey McNamara will executive produce.
Rideback, formerly Lin Pictures, is currently in postproduction on Warners' Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which is set to open in February, as well as on Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, which is slated to bow in May.
LuckyChap produced the Golden Globe-nominated film I, Tonya, which starred Robbie and Allison Janney. The company recently wrapped production on the indie Dreamland, which also stars Robbie as well as Travis Fimmel. In preproduction is the untitled Birds of Prey film at Warner Bros. Studios, with Kroll & Co Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures.
Wray previously worked with Robbie and Luckychap when she adapted a New York Times Magazine article on female firefighters. Wray is writing one of the Game of Thrones spinoff movies and is repped by WME and Grandview.
Sharpe is repped by APA and Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.