According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer will play Barbie in a live-action movie currently being developed at Sony. According to THR, the film will "try and take a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity".
When this news rolled in, I'll admit to feeling some cognitive dissonance about this pairing: there's plenty about Schumer's brand of comedy (and, indeed, feminism itself) which feels at odds with my understanding of the Barbie brand.
But then I was reminded that, not so long ago, Diablo Cody was working on her own script for the Barbie movie (THR confirms that three separate screenplays were produced for this project, and I'm assuming Cody's was one of them; screenwriter Hilary Winston apparently landed the gig). I was then further reminded of this post from last year, written by our own Meredith Borders.
Here's an excerpt from that post - written in reference to Cody - which I feel could easily be applied to Schumer, as well:
"(Diablo Cody)'s never equated feminism with being anti-girly. As a girly feminist myself, that's important to me, and I think it will be important to making a movie about Barbie - the girliest girl ever - into something that could be worth a damn. Diablo Cody is living, walking, lipstick-rocking proof that you can love to dress up and wear makeup and still be a tough, smart feminist."
On the surface, Schumer and Barbie definitely seem like an odd pairing, but if the plan really is to contemporize the character - and it sounds like it is - then Schumer actually makes a lot of sense. Like Cody, she's tough, smart, hilarious and not afraid to go girlie. And besides all that: as a comedy consumer, Schumer has earned my trust, and based on this logline, it sounds like they've got a fun story to tell:
The feature, with Schumer in the lead, will try to address those in a story that begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.
I'm into it. How you guys feel? Sound off below.