The Tonya Harding film, I, Tonya, has found its funding with AI Film coming on board to fully finance the production. Margot Robbie, soon to be seen in Terminal with Simon Pegg, is in negotiations to star as the disgraced figure skater in what’s described as an edgy comedy. Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours, Fright Night) is on board to direct from a script by Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You, Stepmom), with Bryan Unkeless, Tom Ackerley, Rogers, and Robbie producing. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi are executive producing.
“AI Film is thrilled to be collaborating with such a terrific creative team on this hugely entertaining project that is sure to captivate audiences worldwide,” stated AI Film Chairman Aviv Giladi.
“We are proud to partner with the talented teams at AI Film, Clubhouse Pictures, and LuckyChap Entertainment to present Craig and Steven’s unique and darkly comedic take on the iconic events that catapulted figure skating into the hot seat of global controversy,” said Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer. “Margot is an incredible acting talent that will combine her powerful on-screen presence with a comedic touch that will give this project wide appeal.”
Robbie’s credits include Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Focus, and Z for Zachariah.
The Plot: I,Tonya peels back the layers of Tonya Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic, and hilarious story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid scandal in the history of figure skating and the Olympic Games.