Live-Action ‘Barbie’ Movie Will Try on a Few More Screenplays Before Heading Out
The best news to come out of Sony’s live-action Barbie movie came earlier this year, when the studio hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to deliver a new draft of the screenplay based on Mattel’s iconic toy. But just as Barbie herself has tried on many different outfits and career choices, Sony has decided to try on many different screenplays until they find one that fits. And like Barbie, Sony isn’t limiting itself to just one thing when it could have five. Or 12. Or 500.
Deadline reports that Sony has tapped Lindsey Beer, Bert Royal and Hilary Winston to write three competing screenplays for the live-action Barbie movie, which is reportedly a “priority” for the studio. The film is set for a June 2017 release date, which doesn’t give them too much additional time to figure this whole thing out.
Sony originally hired Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) to write the first draft, bringing Diablo Cody on earlier this year to deliver a new version. That was fairly exciting news — Cody is immensely witty, sharp, and sincere, and knows how to craft a screenplay that’s both clever and emotionally genuine. She seemed like such a great choice.
As for the newly-hired writers: Beer recently took part in the Transformers writers room and penned the screenplay for the Short Circuit remake; Royal wrote Will Gluck’s surprise teen rom-com hit Easy A; and Winston has written for My Name Is Earl, Community and created the Bad Teacher series that CBS canned after just nine weeks.
There’s great potential for a live-action Barbie film — similar to The LEGO Movie, Sony could develop a self-aware and delightful narrative that incorporates the character’s numerous career and lifestyle choices throughout her 50-plus years of existence. They just have to find the right screenplay first.