Sony’s ‘Barbie’ Movie Draws Diablo Cody for Rewrite
Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of the script for Sony’s live-action Barbie movie.
The studio launched the comedy project last April with Mattel and Parkes/MacDonald Image Nation with Jenny Bicks writing the first draft. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and former studio chief Amy Pascal are producing.
Julia Pistor is executive producing for Mattel’s Playground Productions. Hannah Minghella and Lauren Abrahams are overseeing for the studio.
The story will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting, but details of the plot have not been disclosed.
The Barbie doll has had 150 careers over more than 50 years as princess, president, mermaid and movie star.
Cody’s credits include her Oscar-winning script for “Juno,” “Young Adult” and the upcoming “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep.
‘Barbie’ Movie: Sony Trying Three Poses With Three Scripts
Sony Pictures’ live-action Barbie movie is a priority project for the studio and is targeting a June 2017 release date. We’re hearing that part of that push is taking an aggressive approach with the screenplay: the studio is securing three writers to draft scripts. The first is by Lindsey Beer, the second by Bert Royal; and a third by Hilary Winston. This is happening fast, but Beer’s and Royal’s deals have been sealed.
In March, Sony tapped Cody to write a draft version based on Mattel’s top-selling fashion doll that the studio homes will anchor a global film franchise. That came after an April 2014 deal with Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation for the comedy, and Jenny Bicks wrote the first draft.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing with Amy Pascal.
AMY SCHUMER PARTS WAYS WITH 'BARBIE' MOVIE Scheduling Conflicts
Amy Schumer won’t be playing Barbie in Sony’s live-action feature film after all, reports Variety. Schumer left the production due to scheduling conflicts that resulted from promotional tours and reshoots on her other projects. Due to Mattel’s tie-in product cycles, Sony was unable to shift their planned June 29, 2018 release date to accommodate Schumer’s schedule.
Schumer worked on the script, but it’s unclear whether her revisions will be maintained with another star attached. The production is still searching for a director as well, with earlier reports indicating a preference for a woman at the helm.
Papercutz launched a line of Barbie graphic novels last fall and one of the publisher’s FCBD releases also features the iconic character.
Anne Hathaway in Talks to Replace Amy Schumer in 'Barbie' Movie
Alethea Jones is circling as director of the feature project based on the Mattel toy line. Anne Hathaway is getting behind the wheel of the pink dream convertible for Sony's Barbie movie.
The Oscar winner is in negotiations to star in the long-in-the-works feature project, putting on the outfit that was originally going to be worn by Amy Schumer. (Schumer was announced to star in December, but dropped out in March, citing "scheduling conflicts.")
At the same time, rising Australian director Alethea Jones is in talks to helm the pic after being handpicked by Hathaway, who was integral in the search for a filmmaker.
The Barbie movie (at least, the Schumer version) was to turn the classic Barbie mythology on its head, putting a contemporary spin on the toy with an emphasis on feminism and identity. The script told of a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit into the perfect land of Barbies and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset. The fish-out-of-water tale is supposed to be in the vein of Big or Enchanted.
Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. RIchard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel, is executive producing.
The studio is still eyeing a June 29, 2018, release, but one issue that is keeping things in flux is Hathaway's schedule. Sony is hesitant to move the release date, and there's a chance that if Hathaway's schedule isn't worked out in a satisfactory way, a deal may not be made.
The studio would not comment on the negotiations.
Hathaway was last seen in the indie Colossal and will next be seen palling around with Rihanna and Sarah Paulson in Ocean's 8 and with Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women, MGM's remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.
Jones directed Fun Mom Dinner, an R-rated ensemble comedy that starred Toni Collette and Molly Shannon. She made her American television debut with Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and cut her teeth making shorts in her native land. She is repped by Paradigm.
The casting news was first reported by entertainment newsletter The Ankler.