Diablo Cody Is Rewriting the Barbie Movie, Which Is Actually Pretty Perfect
Plans for a Barbie movie were first announced last year to much confusion/fascination/morbid curiosity. But like LEGO, the world of Barbie is pretty vast and offers almost infinite possibilities—she’s had so many careers, for one thing. The live-action Barbie film hasn’t offered any news since the initial announcement, but today brings word that Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has been hired to give the script the ol’ rewrite treatment. Honest to blog.
According to Deadline, Cody will provide a new draft of the screenplay, working off of the original by Jenny Bicks. First of all, it’s fantastic (when you’re plastic—sorry) that Sony, Mattel and the other producers involved have chosen to hire women to write the Barbie film, offering the potential to take the iconic doll who is sometimes a bit one-dimensional and transform her into something more layered for young women. Barbie isn’t all bad—she does have multiple jobs, including doctor, astronaut and scientist, and teaches young girls that they can be anything they want. I mean, she needs all of those jobs just to afford her insane wardrobe and stable of expensive cars.
Cody has a distinctive voice, particularly when writing for young women. Juno, which earned her the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, showcased this particular talent, offering humor and heart and a very specific understanding of the manufactured language of young ladies. Cody also wrote the critically-acclaimed Young Adult, as well as the totally underrated horror comedy Jennifer’s Body. She made her directorial debut last year with Paradise, and wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep as a friggin’ rock star.
Of Cody’s hiring, producer Walter Parkes had this to offer:
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.
She “truly loves Barbie”! See, it’s still okay to like Barbie, even as an adult.
There’s no release date planned for the live-action Barbie movie (which will hopefully give Barbie some human body measurements). Mattel and Sony are also working on developing a new Masters of the Universe movie, based on the classic Mattel toys.