LOS ANGELES, Dec 12, 2016 — MIRAMAX® have acquired US distribution rights to I, TONYA, by Steven Rogers, the incredible true life story of controversial figure skater Tonya Harding with Margot Robbie starring as Harding and Craig Gillespie directing. The edgy comedy will be produced by Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers, who also wrote the screenplay. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi will executive produce for AI Film, which is financing the project. Rosanne Korenberg will oversee the project for Miramax.

I, TONYA peels back the layers of Tonya Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic and hilarious story-behind-the-story of one of the most infamous scandals in the history of Olympic Games figure skating.

Margot Robbie: “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: “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.”

Aviv Giladi at AI Film: “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."

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.

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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 Silence, and forthcoming I, TONYA, starring Margot Robbie. Past projects include Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Ian McKellen starrer Mr Holmes; and Warner Music collaboration, Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult.
 
For further information, visit: http://ai-film.com/   

About Sierra/Affinity

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.