Diablo Cody, who rose to fame in 2007 thanks to her script for Juno, has been tapped to rewrite Barbie for Sony. Barbie will be a scathing, black comedy that takes a look at the toxic influence of unfair expectations on young girls, in an inventive, genius way.
(Oh, wait. What's that? Oh, it's a live-action movie based on the toy? Oh.)
Okay, well scratch that. Cody will be rewriting Barbie, based on Mattel's fashion doll, which the studio thinks will be the start of a global franchise. The first draft was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants). Cody was reasonably tapped for the job so that she can bring a bit of an edge to the project. "Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” says co-producer Walter Parkes. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.”
Apparently, the producers are thinking of The LEGO Movie in their approach for Barbie, since that film found a way to be cool, relevant, and fun despite it seemingly being a movie about toy building blocks.