Anne Hathaway is getting behind the wheel of the pink dream convertible for Sony’s Barbie movie.
She is in negotiations to star in the feature project, that was previously attached to Amy Schumer (who had to drop citing ‘scheduling conflicts’).
Alethea Jones, the rising Australian director, is in talks to direct the movie after being handpicked by Hathaway, who was integral in the search for a filmmaker.
According to THR The Barbie movie, at least the Schumer version, was to turn the classic Barbie mythology on its head, putting a contemporary spin on the toy with an emphasis on feminism and identity.
The script told of a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit in to perfect land of Barbies and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset. The fish-out-of-water tale is supposed to be in the vein of Big or Enchanted.
Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing.
The studio is still eyeing a June 29, 2018 release but one thing that is keeping things in flux is Hathaway’s schedule. Sony is hesitant to move the release date and there’s a chance that if Hathaway’s schedule isn’t worked out in a satisfactory way, a deal may not make.
The studio would not comment on the negotiations.