Margot Robbie's Barbie movie moving forward with new Mattel partnership

A director for the film has yet to be announced.

Margot Robbie's Barbie movie is finally moving forward after studio bosses inked a partnership with toy executives at Mattel to bring the film to the big screen.

The project, based on the famed doll by Mattel, has been in the works since 2017, when comedienne/actress Amy Schumer was attached to the lead role.

She subsequently dropped out of the gig and was reportedly replaced by Anne Hathaway, but in October (18), the I, Tonya star stepped in as the lead and signed on to produce the film for her company Lucky Chaps.

According to Variety, executives at Warner Bros. and the toy company have now partnered up and the movie will be the first released under the Mattel Films banner.

"Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child's journey to self-discovery. Over the brand's almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president," Robbie says.

"I'm so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros. and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen."

Barbie had originally been slated to be developed for Sony Pictures, but studio bosses reportedly passed on the project, and executives at Mattel took back the rights last year (18).

"Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen," Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel, says.

A director for the Barbie film has yet to be announced.

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