Casting Amy Schumer Lessens the Horror of the Phrase 'Live-Action Barbie Movie'

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Even better: not only is Amy Schumer in talks to star in the live-action Barbie movie, but if the deal goes through, she’ll also have a hand in retooling the script, along with her sister and Inside Amy Schumer co-writer Kim Caramele.

According to Variety, the current story (by Hilary Winston, whose credits include Community, My Name is Earl, and the upcoming Lego Ninjago Movie) is reminiscent of fish-out-of-water movies like Big and Enchanted, in that “the main character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a real-world adventure.” Sounds almost vaguely subversive for a movie based on a plastic doll. It’s not clear if Schumer—who’ll (presumably) have to tone down her signature raunchy humor for this (presumably) kid-friendly story—would be playing the Barbie or just a Barbie in this tale. No director has been named yet; the movie is due in summer 2018.


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