Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey movie reportedly on the hunt for a director

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Apr 9, 2018, 10:15 PM EDT

On the heels of today's announcement that screenwriter Christina Hodson has been tapped to replace Joss Whedon to pen the forthcoming Batgirl movie, it turns out that Warner Bros. is currently planning to move forward with another one of her DC Comics projects in development as well.

Hodson's earlier treatment for a Harley Quinn solo spinoff film, which is reported to feature the Birds of Prey, was thought to be in the early stages of development back in November 2016—but we hadn't heard a peep since then. However, now with news of Hodson's recent hiring on Batgirl, there's talk that Warner Bros. is eager to further her Birds of Prey script too.

According to a report from TheWrap, the studio is now in search for a director to helm the project. Hodson's script is purported to not only include the Birds of Prey, whose current comics lineup features Batgirl, Black Canary, and the Huntress, but also "multiple female superheroes" and "possibly villains" -- which could leave the door open for any number of character combinations.

Hodson has been a sought-after screenwriter over the last few years. Her female-centric sci-fi spec script The Eden Project was acquired by Sony in 2014, and she's also the writer behind the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, which is scheduled for release in December of this year. Neither Batgirl nor this potential Birds of Prey movie will be Hodson's first collaboration with Warner Bros.; she developed a script for the studio's reboot of The Fugitive in 2015.