Announced for the big screen last year, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie has just brought aboard Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody! Variety has the news, reporting that Cody will rewrite the current draft by Jenny Bicks.
“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,“ Walter Parkes tells the trade. “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.”
From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie has done it all through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman. In her live-action big screen debut, Barbie will inhabit many of these roles, utilizing her personal and professional skills to inspire change in the lives of everyone around her. The comedic and contemporary film marks the second collaboration between Sony Pictures and Mattel, which are currently developing a film adaptation of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s popular action figures.
Cody is also well-known for scripting Young Adult and Jennifer’s Body. She also made her directing debut with 2013’s Paradise, from her own original screenplay.
Barbie is being produced by Parkes alongside Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal.
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