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We haven't heard much of anything about the Barbie movie since this past March, when it was confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is writing the screenplay. Well, it sounds as though she almost has the script done. Producer Laurie MacDonald confirmed to THR that Diablo Cody's work will be arriving shortly. About the tone and themes presented in the movie, MacDonald was asked if the film is something that will be embraced by feminists. This was her response.
"When she was created, a young girl's only choice was playing with a baby doll - what more says your only reason to be is to be a mother and take care of a baby? Barbie was independent. She was more feminist than we would think. Barbie can have 10 careers. So is that bad? We get Diablo Cody's script in two or three weeks, and we'll go from there. »
Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult). Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing. Angie Han’s original story from March 5th […]
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- Peter Sciretta
On Saturday, the Atx TV Festival brought together the writers from one of TV’s most memorable series, "Dawson’s Creek."
In the festival’s first-ever writers' room reunion, moderated by writer and close friend of Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec from "The Vampire Diaries," the seven panelists revealed some amazing details behind the process of developing the characters and storylines from the WB series, which originally ran from 1998 – 2003.
Panelists included creator and "Dawson's Creek" showrunner Kevin Williamson ("The Following"," The Vampire Diaries"), Paul Stupin ("Switched at Birth"), Jenny Bicks ("Sex and The City"), Rob Thomas ("Veronica Mars"), Gina ...
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Last April it was announced that Sony had snapped up the rights to the iconic Mattel toyline Barbie for a live-action movie, and now it has been revealed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) has signed on to rewrite the script from Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants).
“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” states producer Walter Parkes. “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.”
The movie will see Barbie using “her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern-day Mary Poppins”, and Sony is planning to discover a young cast of leads, as well as filling out the supporting roles with stars who could rotate should the film succeed in launching a franchise. Which you’d »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
- Ethan Anderton
Previously, Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, Rio 2) had been on script duties but Sony Pictures has opted to start afresh with Cody at the helm of the toy brand adaptation. Without doubt, the reputable, Oscar-winning screenwriter is an interesting if bold choice for the studio to make, given that Cody’s previous efforts — Jennifer’s Body, Charlize Theron vehicle Young Adult and, to a lesser extent, Juno — all harboured a sense of edginess to them that differentiated them from their genre contemporaries.
It remains to be seen whether the writer can adopt Barbie with a similar approach, who, despite claims of portraying a negative, unrealistic body image for young girls, is intended to represent female empowerment. In light of her appointment, producer Walter Parkes touched upon how »
- Michael Briers
Jenny Bicks penned the first draft of the comedy which will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting. Details of the plot remain undisclosed.
Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing. In a statement, 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."
The Barbie line is reportedly worth around $3 billion a year to Mattel.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Diablo Cody is working on the script for the upcoming live-action Barbie film.
Producer Walter Parkes said: "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."
It was announced last year that Sony was developing a live action Barbie movie, but since news of the film broke, very little else has been heard about it. In particular, the casting of this one was already raising a few questions.
There has been a bit more progress however, with Variety breaking the news that Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, has signed up to rewrite the script. The original draft was the work of Jenny Bicks, but according to producer Walter Parkes, "Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs", adding that "it signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone".
Cody also penned the excellent, chilling Young Adult. If she adopted that tone with the Barbie film, then it would be fair to say that'd be a very bold approach. »
Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of the script for Sony’s live-action Barbie movie.
The studio launched the comedy project last April with Mattel and Parkes/MacDonald Image Nation with Jenny Bicks writing the first draft. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and former studio chief Amy Pascal are producing.
The story will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting, but details of the plot have not been disclosed.
The Barbie doll has had 150 careers over more than 50 years as princess, president, mermaid and movie star.
Cody is repped by Wme and manager Mason Novick.
News was first reported Deadline.
- Dave McNary
It's been nearly a full year since we last heard any kind of development on the upcoming Barbie movie... but you didn't think that would be enough to kill it, did you? Instead, Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation are still moving ahead with the project, and have even gone as far as to hire Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to try and boost the in-the-works script. Deadline has the scoop on Cody's new gig, saying that the Juno writer will be taking the pen from Jenny Bicks - whose credits include the movie What A Girl Wants and television shows like Sex and the City and The Big C. It's noted that the studio and producers hired Cody because of her "unconventionality," and the belief that she can help make Barbie with a proper, modern tone. As producer Walter Parkes put it in an official statement, It »
Sony Pictures has brought on screenwriter Diablo Cody to rewrite the screenplay for their live action Barbie movie. The project was first announced in April 2014, when the studio hired Jenny Bicks to write the script. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with former Sony executive Amy Pascal coming aboard to produce as well.
Diablo Cody may seem like an odd choice to tell Barbie's story, since she famously rose from working as a stripper to winning an Oscar for her Juno screenplay 10 years ago. Producer Walter F. Parkes revealed that the writer's "unconventionality" is why they chose her. Here's what he had to say in a statement to Deadline.
"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."
Julia Pistor is executive producing for Mattel's Playground Productions. »
Last year, the improbably-proportioned doll Barbie and her parent company Mattel suffered an embarrassing PR gaff with a storybook about a computer engineer Barbie who needed the men in her office to do her coding for her. With the resultant universal opprobrium (and Feminist Hacker Barbie parodies) clearly very fresh in their minds, Mattel and Sony have been careful to position the developing Barbie movie as being all about female empowerment. Sex And The City's Jenny Bicks took the first crack at the screenplay, and it's just been revealed that the writer of the next draft will be Diablo Cody.Cody, of course, famously smashed through the glass ceiling, from stripping to Hollywood A-list status via scripts like Juno, Jennifer's Body and Young Adult. She made her directorial debut in 2013 with Paradise (although that one has yet to see release in the UK)."Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs, »
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Diablo Cody to write the next draft of Barbie, the live-action film based on Mattel’s top-selling fashion doll that the studio believes will anchor a global film franchise. The studio made a deal awhile back with Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation for the comedy, and had Jenny Bicks write the first draft. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, and they recently invited Amy Pascal to join them. Cody is an intriguing choice… »
If you can’t beat ’em, as the saying goes, join ’em. And while the Sundance Institute won’t be dropping its efforts to foster the best in independent filmmakers anytime soon, the huge migration of indie film talent to TV series led the org to launch its first Episodic Story Lab.
“We’ve been hearing from our theater, feature film and festival alums that it would be great to have a program to support them making the transition from writing feature scripts to multi-episode storytelling,” says Sundance Institute feature film program founding director Michelle Satter.
The idea developed more than two years ago “as an opportunity for us to offer something that wasn’t necessarily being offered out there, as a training ground for our alums and emerging writers.”
It’s already produced results: all 10 writers who participated in the Sept. 27-Oct. 2 Park City lab now have representation (only »
- Gregg Goldstein
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