Remember that Amy Schumer Barbie movie that was on the way? Yeah, well forget about that. That thing was apparently going nowhere fast. So, that’s it, right? I suppose a Barbie movie wasn’t in the cards. And it makes sense. It is, after all, just a doll. Just because it worked for The LEGO Movie doesn’t mean other toys need to jump on the film bandwagon, right? Oh, wait, so there IS still going to be a Barbie movie?
Well, apparently, the solution was to hire Margot Robbie, who arguably kinda looks like a Barbie. In addition to starring in the film, Robbie will also act as producer of the film, as announced by Warner Bros. and Mattel, who have partnered on this live-action adaptation.
“This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon and Mattel Films,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “And Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today’s audiences.”
Here’s what Robbie had to say about the whole thing:
“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president. I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
And finally, Mattel had the following to say about the upcoming Barbie movie:
“Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen.”
So, what’s the lesson here? I guess you need to be a more traditionally-attractive person to get your movie greenlit? Nothing against Robbie’s talents as an actor or producer, but I think it goes without saying that her resemblance to the doll over Schumer is at least partially responsible for this.
But, of course, that’s just me speaking out of turn out. I don’t know the inner workings of this deal, but those are the first (very obvious) observations that come to mind.
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