Barbie has found a new studio lot for her Malibu Dream Home.
Barbie is finding a new studio lot for her Malibu Dream Home.
After a movie about the popular doll was in development for years at Sony, Mattel is partnering with Warner Bros. for a feature film with Margot Robbie in talks to star.
Robbie would also produce the project through her LuckyChap banner.
It was first announced in 2014 that Mattel was partnering with Sony for a Barbie movie. In 2016 it was reported that Amy Schumer would star in the movie that was billed as a spin on the classic Barbie mythology on its head, putting a contemporary spin on the toy with an emphasis on feminism and identity. A few months later Schumer dropped out of the project due to “scheduling conflicts.”
It was later reported Anne Hathaway would replace Schumer, with the movie eyeing a June 29, 2018 release that was pushed to August. At the beginning of the year Sony pushed the movie to May 8, 2020.
The rights to Barbie reverted back to Mattel earlier this year.
Sources say that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is circling the Warners project but indicate there are no substantive talks or offers that have taken place.
If deals make, the Barbie movie would continue a partnership between Robbie and the Burbank-based studio — Robbie’s LuckyChap banner has a first look deal with Warner Bros. The studio is gearing up for production on Birds of Prey, which Robbie is producing and will see her reprise her DCU role as Harley Quinn.
Robbie, who earned an Oscar nomination for I, Tonya, will next be seen in Mary Queen of Scotts and is currently working on Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.
Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are attached to star in World War II thriller Ruin.
Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) will direct Ryan and Matthew Firpo’s Black List topping-script. Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures is producing alongside Kurzel.
MadRiver’s Ara Keshishian is executive producing alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, who are co-financing. CAA Media Finance packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights while IMR International will handle foreign sales.
Set in the ruins of post-WWII Germany, pic will follow a Holocaust survivor (Robbie) who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-SS captain (Schoenaerts) in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad. Principal photography is slated to begin Q2, 2019 in Prague. Gal Gadot had been in talks for the Robbie role 12 months ago.
Robbie will next star as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots for Focus Features alongside Saoirse Ronan. She is currently in production on Quentin Tarantino’s One Upon A Time in Hollywood and will next play Harley Quinn in the untitled Birds of Prey film for Warner Bros. Schoenaerts can next be seen in David Oelhoffen’s Close Enemies, which premiered at Venice, Thomas Vinterberg’s Kursk, which is heading to Toronto, and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s Mustang, which is due out next year.
Kurzel made his debut directing The Snowtown Murders, followed by Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Robbie is represented by Management 360, CAA, Aran Michael Management, Attorney Jeff Bernstein and Narrative PR.; Schoenaerts is represented by CAA and UBBA in Europe; and Kurzel by CAA and Katie Richter in Australia. Ryan and Matthew Firpo are represented by UTA and LBI Entertainment.
MadRiver’s production slate also includes What Is Life Worth with Michael Keaton; and James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt for Fox and New Regency. IMR titles at Toronto include Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, Olivier Assayas’ The Wasp Network, and John Michael McDonough’s The Forgiven.