Cathy Yan will observe up her tribute to Harley Quinn’s fantabulous emancipation — and breakfast sandwiches — with a sci-fi love story. The “Birds of Prey” helmer is ready to jot down and direct “The Freshening” for FilmNation. Variety broke the news.
Based mostly on Rachel Khong’s brief story, “The Freshening” is “set in a close to future the place tensions over race and gender have reached a violent excessive,” the supply particulars. The U.S. authorities “institutes a public well being initiative referred to as ‘The Freshening’: each American receives an injection, after which everybody solely sees others as the identical race and gender as themselves. However when a avenue drug hits the scene, promising an opportunity to see the world because it actually is, will she select to disrupt this ‘freshened’ world?”
“Once we learn ’The Freshening’ we had been blown away by this well timed and provocative story. Growing this movie with Cathy and all of our improbable companions goes to be a one-of-a-kind expertise in filmmaking,” stated FilmNation Leisure’s President, Movie & Tv Manufacturing Ben Browning and SVP of Manufacturing Ashley Fox.
Yan added, “’The Freshening’ is strictly the kind of daring and well timed movie that excites me as a author and director.” She and Ash Sarohia are among the many challenge’s producers, and shall be producing by way of their Rewild banner.
Yan made her function debut with “Useless Pigs,” a 2018 Sundance pic that sees 1000’s of useless pigs floating down the river towards Shanghai. The dramedy shall be launched on MUBI February 12. She most lately labored on Margot Robbie-starrer “Birds of Prey,” a standalone Harley Quinn film that hit theaters final yr.
Once we requested Yan her recommendation for different ladies administrators she stated, “It’s just about inevitable that we are going to be underestimated, judged extra harshly, and deemed extra ‘tough’ sooner or later in our careers, so don’t get too affected by that crap and give attention to defending your imaginative and prescient and your artwork.”