Back in 2014 it was revealed that Sony & Mattel were working on a live-action Barbie movie. If you’d drawn up a list of the actresses you might have expected to nab the lead role, Amy Schumer probably wouldn’t have been on it, as she doesn’t exactly fit into the Barbie stereotypes. However, Variety reports she’s in talks for the role, and while she may not immediately seem an obvious fit, the funny woman is a smart choice.
A live-action Barbie movie was always likely to run into trouble unless it could divorce itself from the idea of the toy many people have – a woman only interested in fashion, looking pretty, having a hunky Ken, and the material things in life. Having Schumer on board should ensure the movie can play with those ideas, while have a few smart, funny things to say about them.
Hilary Winston wroted the initial script, but it’s believed it’ll now be handed over to Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, for retooling. The more is said to be, ‘in the vein of “Splash”, “Enchanted” and “Big.” In it, the main character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a real-world adventure.’
The film’s due out summer 2018.