The live-action Barbie movie has had a bizarrely fascinating journey to screen.
Originally with Sony Pictures, the project was supposed to be written by Juno‘s Diablo Cody and star Amy Schumer. Schumer left the project to star in I Feel Pretty. Anne Hathaway went to take over the role. She left the role after the film was pushed back, the original concept discarded, and Cody left the project. Then Mattel, with its newly revived Mattel Films division, left Sony. The project was removed from Sony’s roster.
Phew. Now Mattel has found a new studio and actress to take over the world, according to Variety.
Mattel and Warner Brothers have officially teamed-up for the Barbie movie. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) will executive produce and star in the project.
On taking the role of the iconic toy, Robbie shared her excitement.
“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.”
Robbie will begin filming on the long-awaited Birds of Prey next month. At this time, a director or new screenwriter hasn’t be attached to the project.