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Barbie Movie Watch – news and insider info on the Barbie movie (TBA).


About the Barbie movie.

A Barbie movie has been planned for literally, decades. In 1986, Cannon Films planned to make a Barbie film, but nothing came to fruition. Sony Pictures and Mattel attempted to develop a comedic live-action Barbie movie with Jenny Bicks as a writer. On March 4, 2015 it was announced that Diablo Cody will be doing rewrites on the script. In December 2015 it was announced that Sony would hire three different writers to write scripts and that they would choose the best one. Casting for the lead was just as problematic.

On August 5, 2015, Sony Pictures set the release date as June 2, 2017. On December 2, 2016, it was reported that Amy Schumer had been cast as Barbie. It also reported that minor changes would be made in terms of the character and the story itself, centering on a Barbie, who is kicked out of Barbie world and enters the real world as a normal woman who is imperfect. On March 23, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Schumer had dropped out of the project. In August 2017, it was announced that Anne Hathaway would star as the titular character.

With the casting of the lead in disarray, it was time to schedule a release date. Originally scheduled for release on May 12, 2017, it was reported that the live-action film adaptation was pushed back and set for a June 29, 2018. Then the date was pushed back again to August 8, 2018. On April 26, 2018, Diablo Cody announced why she had dropped out as the writer on the project. The film’s concept was discarded in 2017. Sony in January 2018 would later move its release date to May 8, 2020.

Things finally came to a head when Mattel revived its film division. A Barbie film was considered one of two of the division’s first projects. In October 2018, it was announced that Warner Bros. would distribute and that Margot Robbie was in talks to play the titular character. In early January 2019, Mattel closed the deal with Robbie to star and Warner and Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, to co-produce. In July 2019, it was announced that Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach would write the script. On July 9, 2021, it was announced that Greta Gerwig was set to direct.

Image Credits:
• 1920px-Barbie_Logo_2008.svg via Wikipedia with usage type - Public Domain

Featured Image Credit:
• 1920px-Barbie_Logo_2008.svg via Wikipedia with usage type - Public Domain