Margot Robbie to Produce, Star in ‘Bad Monkeys’ for Universal

Studio acquired rights to Matt Ruff novel about vigilante justice for heinous crimes

Last Updated: July 20, 2016 @ 5:50 PM

Margot Robbie is about to tame some “Bad Monkeys” with the help of Universal Pictures.

The “Suicide Squad” actress will star in and produce an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, about an accused murderer who claims she works for a special agency that delivers justice for heinous crimes.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce via their Bluegrass Films. Robbie will produce through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. Josey McNamara, also of LuckyChap, will serve as executive producer.

Universal Pictures EVP Jon Mone will oversee on behalf of the studio with Nick Nesbitt overseeing on behalf of Bluegrass.

Ruff previously authored books like “Lovecraft Country” and “Fool on the Hill.”

“Monkeys” tells the story of Jane Charlotte, who is tossed into the psychiatric wing of a Nevada jail after she’s charged with killing a man. She claims she’s on assignment from the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, nicknamed “Bad Monkeys.”

Prison staff interview and evaluate her as she ticks off tales of her various assignments in the department as authorities try to find the truth.

Robbie has been the toast of summer thanks to Warner Bros. anticipated bad-guys romp “Suicide Squad.” She’s graced the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair in the past several months, and buzz has been so strong around her portrayal of villainous Harley Quinn that Warner Bros. is developing a standalone film for her.

Robbie is also represented by Management 360, CAA, Aran Michael Management in Australia, and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.

CAA, who also reps Stuber and Ruff, packaged the “Bad Monkeys” deal.