This live-action Barbie movie has taken more twists and turns than the waist of a Twist n’ Turn Barbie. First Mattel was working with Sony on a live-action Barbie movie written by and starring Amy Schumer. Amy Schumer dropped out because of a scheduling conflict. Then Anne Hathaway was in talks, and eventually the role of Barbie went to Margot Robbie, with Patty Jenkins possibly directing. And now there’s a new development, and it’s 100% more random.
I guess Mattel wants this version of Barbie to drop the pink pumps in favor of some beat-up Opening Ceremony leather boots she stole from her old roommate Gertie-Rose in Greenpoint. Because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that it will be written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, with Greta possibly directing.
Noah and Greta will write the script together, much like they did on Frances Ha and Mistress America. The project is now over at Warner Bros., with Margot Robbie’s production company producing the film. Noah and Greta have been a couple since 2011.
Warner Bros. explained their plan for this Barbie movie earlier this year, saying that they hoped to bring Barbie to life on screen in a “fresh and relevant way.” Well, hiring the unofficial King and Queen of the Indie Prom is one way to freshen up the story of a glamorous 60-year old plastic doll who’s held about three thousand different jobs. The only problem I can see is how Noah and Greta will be able to agree on any aspects of Barbie’s life in this new story.
Noah will see Barbie as a quirky badminton coach from Park Slope who cheats on Ken with a handsomely bearded lighthouse operator in town for a vintage Edison bulb convention. Greta’s Barbie will be a sardonic struggling part-time funeral director in Mill Valley, CA, with big dreams of publishing the definitive oral history contemporary nail art. But one thing I’m sure they’ll be able to agree on is that the doorbell to Barbie’s dream house will be replaced with a low-fi recording of a French New Wave song.