'Juno' Scribe Diablo Cody to Rewrite 'Barbie' Movie for Sony Pictures
Whether we like it or not, there are still some toys and board games heading to the big screen. One of the more potentially interesting attempts though might be Sony Pictures bringing Mattel's iconic doll Barbie to the big screen in an effort to create a global film franchise. With such a rich history and endless possibilities for Barbie, much like The LEGO Movie, this film adaptation can be about anything. As of now, we still don't know much about the story involved, but a first draft of the script has been completed by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants), and now a surprising screenwriter is stepping up to deliver another draft. Read on!
Deadline reports Juno and Young Adult scribe Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of Barbie. That seems like an odd choice for a family film, but Cody is an empowering writer who knows how to write for women. Producer Walter Parkes says:
"Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs. It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
I know this got my attention, and I'm much more interested in this film now than previously. For those curious, the film will see Barbie using her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a contemporary Mary Poppins. Producers are hoping to discover a young actress to play Barbie, in addition to Ken and one of her best friends, while there will be major stars situated around them to shuffle around for potential sequels. This way it won't cost the studio an arm and a leg to bring back the main characters for future installments. But we'll have to wait and see who will direct. Thoughts?