The live-action “Barbie” movie is trying on different screenplays like how Barbie is trying on different outfits.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures is using the multitrack strategy by hiring 3 writers to pen 3 drafts for the live action movie based on Barbie the iconic Mattel toy. The 3 writers that are involved are Bert Royal, Hilary Winston, and Lindsey Beer.
Previously, the first draft of the film was written by Jenny Bicks, who is best known for penning the script of “What A Girl Wants” and “Rio 2”. The script is later rewritten by Diablo Cody, who is known for her work on “Juno” and “Young Adult”. However, sources said that the studio was not really fond of Cody’s version and made the decision to hire 3 new writers for 3 different drafts instead.
The movie will reportedly portray Barbie “using her skills that she gained in her personal life and professional experience to help others”. Rumour has it that Reese Witherspoon is among the actresses that have been eyed by Sony to play Barbie.
Bert is best known for penning the script of Will Gluck’s “Easy A”, starring Emma Stone. He also served as an executive producer on the ABC Family TV series, “Recovery Road”.
As for Hilary, she has written and served as an executive producer in a number of TV series which include “Bad Teacher”, “Happy Endings”, and “Community”. She is also an author of “My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me”, a 2011 book about her dating mishaps.
Lindsey is known as the daughter of Sundance Film Festival co-founder Gary Beer. She recently joined the “Transformers” writers’ room alongside Christina Hodson and helped create ideas to expand the universe of the Hasbro toy line. She also worked on Disney‘s “Dig” and The Weinstein Co’s “Short Circuit”.
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will be producing the “Barbie” movie alongside Amy Pascal.
“Barbie” is set to be released on 2nd June 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.