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Friday, October 21, 2016

Margot Robbie In Negotiations To Star As Disgraced Figure Skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya"


Sierra/Affinity to Handle International Sales and Present to Buyers at 2016 American Film Market

LONDON – October 21, 2016: AI Film announced today that it will fully finance Craig Gillespie’s upcoming, “I, Tonya”, with Sierra/Affinity to commence international sales at this year’s AFM. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street) is in negotiations to star as American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce the edgy comedy, with Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games, Bright) for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to produce. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are executive producing. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing US domestic rights.

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. Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, United States of Tara) directs a script penned by Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You, Stepmom).

Aviv Giladi, Chairman of AI Film, said of the announcement: "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."

Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity, added, "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. 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."

Margot Robbie and LuckyChap are represented by Management 360, CAA and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Robbie is additionally represented by Aran Michael Management. Steven Rogers is repped by Gersh. Gillespie is represented by UTA and Management 360.

I, Tonya is the latest investment for AI Film, whose forthcoming slate includes Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese historical drama, Silence. Past projects include Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes with Ian McKellen; and Warner Music collaboration, Kill Your Friends.

About AI Film

Established in 2013, AI Film is an independent film finance and executive production company owned by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, investing in features from the US and UK with international market potential. Headquartered in London and headed by CEO Aviv Giladi, the company works alongside the world’s most exciting elite filmmakers and production partners to deliver bold, quality commercial films.

AI Film’s current slate of titles includes Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s historical drama, Silence. Past projects include Lee Daniels’ BAFTA nominated The Butler; Ian McKellen starrer Mr Holmes; Jason Zada’s The Forest starring Natalie Dormer; and Warner Music collaboration, Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult.

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Sierra/Affinity is a leading independent film finance, production and foreign sales company, consistently delivering high-quality, commercially viable feature films for a global audience. Sierra/Affinity capitalizes on the ever-evolving global film marketplace, representing sales of third-party films as well as its own productions designed to appeal to both the North American and global marketplaces. In addition to representing sales of third party films, the company acts as the exclusive sales agent for films developed and produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Bold Films and Sierra Pictures. Following Entertainment One’s (eOne) strategic equity investment in Sierra Pictures in January 2016, the international sales and distribution of films produced and acquired by eOne Features, as well as eOne-distributed films from The Mark Gordon Company, will be handled by Sierra/Affinity outside of Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain, where eOne directly distributes films. The company is also compiling a slate of wide-release, director-driven commercial films with domestic and global appeal that will complement the slates built by its partners.


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