Tarantino Gave Margot Robbie His Blessing to Use ‘Pulp Fiction’ for ‘Birds of Prey’ Working Title

IndieWire | 2/7/2020 | Staff
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Margot Robbie is reprising her comic book role of Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ 2020 tentpole “Birds of Prey,” which she tells MTV News will share the anarchic, subversive spirit of Quentin Tarantino films like “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction.” However, that’s not the only connection between “Birds of Prey” and Robbie’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director. The movie, directed by “Dead Pigs” filmmaker Cathy Yan, was made under the working title “Fox Force Five,” a direct reference to one of the most legendary scenes in Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”

The scene in question is the conversation Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) while sharing milkshakes before they compete in the dance competition. Mia tells Vincent about a television pilot she shot called “Fox Force Five” that never made it to air, a career milestone she calls her “fifteen minutes” of fame. The show centered around an all-female team of secret agents, each with her own identity and skill set. Mia’s character was “the deadliest woman in the world with a knife,” while the other agents included a Japanese kung fu master, a demolition expert, and a French girl whose “specialty was sex.”

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Robbie, a lifelong Tarantino fan, immediately saw the connection between “Fox Force Five” and her tentpole “Birds of Prey,” in which...
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