Miramax will handle the US distribution rights for “I, Tonya,” a Steven Rogers project that will release in 2018. The film will follow the true-life story of the controversial figure skater, with Margot Robbie starring as Harding and Craig Gillespie directing.
The film will will be produced by Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers.
According to the studio “I, Tanya” will tell the story Tonya Harding’s involvement in the 1994 attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. The studio explained in the announcement that the film will expose, “the absurd, tragic and hilarious story-behind-the-story of one of the most infamous scandals in the history of Olympic Games figure skating.” Nancy Kerrigan went on to write a book about her life in 1996, called “Nancy Kerrigan: In My Own Words“.
Margot Robbie spoke about the film saying, “The script is unbelievable, it’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I know Craig’s approach with the material and the characters will be executed brilliantly. Tom and I at LuckyChap are so grateful to partner with Bryan for what will hopefully be the first of many jobs together.”
Zanne Devine, Head of Film & TV, Miramax added, “Miramax is thrilled to be working on this exciting project with such a tremendous group, led by the incredibly talented Margot Robbie, the unique directing vision of Craig Gillespie, Steven Rogers’ exquisite writing talent, and the wonderfully passionate producers Bryan Unkeless and Tom Ackerley. We are delighted to collaborate once again with our friends Aviv Giladi, Len Blavatnik and their team at AI Film as well as Nick Meyer and Sierra/Affinity.”
“We are delighted to welcome Miramax as our US distribution partner. Their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to I, TONYA matches our own at AI FILM, and we look forward to embarking on the journey together to bring this great project to life,” added Aviv Giladi.
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 represented by Gersh. Gillespie is represented by UTA and Management 360.
UTA Independent Film Group and CAA handled representation of US domestic rights with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales. Rodgers wrote the screenplay for the film, and Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi will executive produce for AI Film. Rosanne Korenberg will oversee the project for Miramax.