The working title of Warner Bros.'s Birds of Prey owes itself to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. According to Production Weekly, The film is being produced under the title 'Fox Force Five.' So what is Fox Force Five?
Fox Force Five was a television show that Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace (played by Uma Thurman) starred, but never made it past its pilot episode.
"Fox Force Five. Fox, as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force, as in we're a force to be reckoned with. Five, as in there's one... two ... three.. four... five of us," explained Wallace in Pulp Fiction (via the Quentin Tarantino Archives forum). "There was a blonde one, Somerset O'Neal from that show Baton Rouge, she was the leader. A Japanese one, a black one, a French one and a brunette one, me. We all had special skills. Somerset had a photographic memory, the Japanese fox was a kung fu master, the black girl was a demolition expert, the French fox' specialty was sex..."
Wallace's character, Raven McCoy, is arguably similiar to Birds of Prey's Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie).
"Knives. The character I played, Raven McCoy, her background was she was raised by circus performers," Wallace continued. "So she grew up doing a knife act. According to the show, she was the deadliest woman in the world with a knife. But because she grew up in a circus, she was also something of an acrobat. She could do illusions, she was a trapeze artist - when you're keeping the world safe from evil, you never know when being a trapeze artist's gonna come in handy. And she knew a zillion old jokes her grandfather, an old vaudevillian, taught her. If we would have gotten picked up, they would have worked in a gimmick where every episode I would have told a joke."
(Joke... jokes.... Joker. Get it?)
Warner Bros.'s Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan, with Robbie starring and producing. The film is anticipated to begin production in early 2019; no release date, however, has been announced.