Barbie is constantly being talked about. Whether it’s a debate about body image issues, human Barbie, or just another day at the toy store, the iconic toy is nothing if not recognizable. And now, Barbie will expand her enterprise when she takes over the big screen.
EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has partnered with Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation for a live-action comedy featuring Barbie. Sony considers this its next “big, global franchise” and plans for the project to go into production by the end of the year, according to a press release.
The live-action film will be written by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The story will follow Barbie through many of her more than 150 roles, not limited to but including mermaid, princess, and president.
In a press release, Columbia Pictures’ president of Production, Hannah Minghella, said, “We’ve always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept. It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character. We’re confident that Barbie will delight audiences, no matter where her adventures take her.”
There’s no word yet on whether Ken will appear.