According to reports, Amy Schumer is in talks to star in a live-action adaptation of Barbie for Sony Pictures. While the negotiations are early and nothing is confirmed, Variety states that the picture is quickly coming together. Intended to be in the same vein as movies like Enchanted and Big, the Barbie film will follow the main character as she navigates the new world of adventure after being kicked out of her home in Barbieland for not being perfect enough.
Currently, the idea and screenplay came from Hilary Winston (Community, My Name is Earl). However, according to Variety, if Schumer decides to star in the project, she and her sister and writing partner, Kim Caramele, will give the script a new draft.
Barbie has been iconic in pop culture since the first dolls rolled out onto market in 1959. Since then it has gained recognition for showcasing female dolls in high power careers like medical professionals, president, astronauts, and olympians. It has also been the source of a lot of controversy on body types and giving young girls unrealistic expectations.
The film is set to premiere in Summer 2018. Amy Pascal, Walter F Parkes, and Laurie Macdonald will produce the project, and Lauren Abrahams will oversee it for Sony Pictures.
Schumer, coming off her movie Trainwreck and the fourth season of her Comedy Central hit Inside Amy Schumer, just finished her next project, an untitled mother-daughter movie comedy with Goldie Hawn. That’s due next summer.