The Oscar-nominated director will assist inform the origin story of the favored doll toy
Two years in the past, Mattel and Warner Bros. introduced that they’d convey the long-lasting Barbie doll to life on the massive display. At the time, we realized that the movie will star Margot Robbie, who can also be producing the movie by way of her manufacturing firm, LuckyChap, and can reportedly inform the origin story of the favored doll toy. But since, we haven’t had an official main replace on the blockbuster movie — till now. You see, now we lastly have affirmation on who’s directing the movie, and we couldn’t be extra excited to see what the Oscar-nominated director will do with the anticipated film.
According to Variety, Greta Gerwig — who was not solely nominated for Best Director on the Academy Awards, however has additionally racked up a mixed 10 Oscar nominations and one win for her critically acclaimed movies Lady Bird and Little Women — will direct Barbie; and filming is slated to begin subsequent 12 months. While Gerwig has been tied to the mission since 2019, it was by no means confirmed she’d direct the movie — till this week.
And none are extra excited for Gerwig’s involvement than Robbie.
“People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’” Robbie advised Vogue final fall.
Robbie additionally advised the publication that the movie “comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections.”
“But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” she mentioned.
Robbie has additionally described the movie to The New York Times as being “for both the fans and the skeptics” and that the endeavor might be “really entertaining but also completely surprising.”
And that’s all we actually know concerning the movie. Who will they solid as Ken, Barbie’s love curiosity? And will they diversify the solid? Who is aware of, however within the meantime, Robbie has talked about that the movie is a “great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a change to be aspirational for younger kids.”
Robbie’s involvement as a producer ought to profit the movie, too, particularly following LuckyChap Entertainment’s Oscar-winning run for Promising Young Woman.
“I’m excited about this movie because it’s emotional and touches your heart and honors the legacy while reflecting our current society and culture — and doesn’t feel designed to sell toys,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, tells the Times.
“Familiarity with a toy or character is a start, but no movie makes it without clever character and story development,” provides David A. Gross, who runs Franchise Entertainment Research, a film consultancy.
Barbie is slated for a worldwide 2023 theatrical launch.