Margot Robbie's Barbie movie just got a whole lot more real, as Warner Bros. has lined up a couple of very talented filmmakers to help bring the popular toy to life on the big screen. Greta Gerwig, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, is now on deck to direct the movie. Gerwig will also co-write the screenplay alongside Noah Baumbach, who is known for movies such as The Squid and the Whale and Netflix's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).
According to several new reports, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have been tapped to pen the screenplay for Barbie, which is currently set up at Warner Bros. The project has been in development for some time and was previously being worked on over at Sony Pictures. At various points, both Anne Hathaway and Amy Schumer were attached to take on the lead role. Once the movie moved to Warner Bros., Margot Robbie landed the gig. Gerwig is looking for this to be her possible follow-up to her upcoming adaptation of Little Women, which boasts an all-star cast and should be lined up for an awards season run later this year.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach worked together previously on several occasions, such as on 2012's acclaimed indie Frances Ha. For the most part, both filmmakers have stuck to the indie world. So something like Barbie seems to be very much out of the ordinary for them. But from Warner Bros.' perspective, they get a couple of people who have proved they know how to deliver a critical darling, working with a property that has global appeal with a star who has proved she can carry a blockbuster (Suicide Squad) while also being able to earn critical praise (I, Tonya). On paper, it feels like a solid way to go about something such as this.
Mattel recently launched their own division dedicated to bringing some of their most beloved properties, such as Barbie, to the screen. That has allowed them to take a little bit more control over the projects. Margot Robbie, in addition to starring, is set to produce through her own LuckyChap production company. Robbie has been far more active behind the scenes as of late. She's also producing Birds of Prey, which will serve as her return to the role of Harley Quinn in the DC universe. Speaking of DC, this report notes that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was being eyed to possibly direct, but that never actually took off.
Greta Gerwig became one of Hollywood's hottest directors with 2017's Lady Bird, which went on to earn widespread critical praise that helped carry it to a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Gerwig became one of the few women to ever be nominated for Best Director. There is no word yet on just how soon production could get underway. Warner Bros. has not yet set a release date. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.