We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a live-action Barbie movie for years now, probably ever since Michael Bay’s Transformers opened the floodgates on movies based on toys in the late 2000s. Of course, the concept has always seemed tricky if not downright problematic thanks to the image of Barbie and the on-going debate over her suitability as a role model for young girls. Sony took an interesting approach to the problem when they hired Diablo Cody to rewrite the script last year, aiming for something more unconventional and contemporary. Now they’ve taken that a step further by hiring Amy Schumer to star in the film. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
According to THR, Sony and Mattel have hired Amy Schumer to star in their live-action Barbie movie, which will put a “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.” The script by Diablo Cody has apparently been discarded in favour of a take from Hilary Winston (Community, Bad Teacher), although Schumer is expected to rewrite the film with her sister Kim Caramele. No director is currently attached.
The story will supposedly take place in the “land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit in.” You can bet they are looking at The Lego Movie as the ideal example of a movie based on a toy that subverts expectations with self-awareness and clever humour (Hilary Winston also co-wrote The Lego Ninjago Movie). Certainly Amy Schumer is not the person you would expect to see headlining a Barbie movie and that’s obviously the point. Whether she can help them turn this into a successful movie franchise remains to be seen. What do you think, could this live-action Barbie movie actually turn out to be something worthwhile?