Barbie goes to the bioscope

29 April 2014

The slender blonde is no longer just a doll. Barbie, the evergreen girl’s toy, has gone to Hollywood, and a flesh-and-blood actress will portray the icon on the silver screen. It seems this will be the perfect movie for a mother-daughter-date.

The slender blonde is no longer just a doll. Barbie, the evergreen girl’s toy, has gone to Hollywood, and a flesh-and-blood actress will portray the icon on the silver screen. It seems this will be the perfect movie for a mother-daughter-date.

The slender blonde is no longer just a doll. Barbie, the evergreen girl’s toy, has gone to Hollywood, and a flesh-and-blood actress will portray the icon on the silver screen.

Barbie first made her appearance in young girls’ lives in 1959, but has only been depicted in animated films. Now Sony has acquired the rights from Mattel (Barbie’s manufacturing company) to make a real, full-length Barbie movie.

Jenny Bicks – who wrote What Women Want – penned a script for the film, which will apparently be a “buddy comedy” in which an overworked bureaucrat is looking for an assistant. Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the film in collaboration with Sony.

“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 this 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,” Sony’s Hannah Minghella says.

- Almari Wessels

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