Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), or simply Birds of Prey, is an upcoming American superhero film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and based on the DC Comics team Birds of Prey. It is intended to be the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and a spin-off from Suicide Squad (2016). Directed by Cathy Yan from a screenplay by Christina Hodson, it stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor. Set after the events of Suicide Squad, the film follows Harley Quinn as she joins forces with Black Canary, the Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask. Robbie, who also serves as producer, pitched the idea for Birds of Prey to Warner Bros. in 2015. The studio announced the development of the film in May 2016 before the release of Suicide Squad. Hodson was hired to write the script in November, while Yan signed to direct in April 2018. Principal photography began in January 2019 and is set to take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Savannah, Georgia; it is expected to be completed by mid-April 2019. Birds of Prey is expected to be the first theatrically released R-rated film in the DCEU.Birds of Prey is scheduled to be released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on February 7, 2020.