Live-Action ‘Barbie’ Comedy Coming To A Theater Near You

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Someone call the band Aqua and let them know a big fat paycheck will [most likely] be on the way soon. Everyone’s favorite plastic doll is coming to the big screen in the not too distant future.

Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes + MacDonald/Image Nation announced plans today to bring Barbie to life in a live-action comedy. The film will be written by Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants) and produced by husband-and-wife team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The plot is said to be ‘focused’ on the iconic doll, but no additional information is available at this time. Sony sees the film as a global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year.

Given the gigantic success of The Lego Movie it’s a little surprising to see Mattel abandon the world of animation for the big screen debut of Barbie. That said, I would think making this film with the doll at the center of everything would be a far better idea than exploring what would happen if Barbie were a real person, but stranger/worse things have certainly been brought to the big screen. They let Jamie Kennedy star in a sequel to The Mask, after all. If they do decide to make a film set in a world where Barbie is a real person, however, let’s just hope Valeria Lukyanova does not get the part. Unless someone wants to make a racist Barbie movie, which I am entirely ready to see.

Here’s a free idea for Sony: Make Jingle All The Way, only with two parents trying to find the perfect Barbie to make their child love them again. It doesn’t have to be set around the holidays, but I doubt Mattel would want to pass up the opportunity to roll out a line of exclusive holiday/movie-themed toys.

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