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.