Oscar-winning “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody just lately claimed she dropped out of a “Barbie” movie that was in manufacturing at Sony as a result of she couldn’t work out learn how to make the long-lasting doll a “feminist” icon.
In an interview with GQ, Cody claimed she simply couldn’t get a script collectively for the movie, which was finally dropped by the studio in 2018, 5 years earlier than Warner Brothers took up the mission starring Margot Robbie that’s set to premiere later this month.
Cody obtained candid with the journal, claiming that, amongst different causes, she had bother finalizing the script as a result of she didn’t know learn how to make the doll right into a “girl-boss” “feminist” hero.
The Hollywood expertise declared “that’s not what Barbie is.”
The screenwriter admitted to GQ that she bombed on the mission, claiming the tradition and her weren’t aligned on what a Barbie film might be. She stated, “I feel I do know why I s— the mattress. After I was first employed for this, I don’t suppose the tradition had not [sic] embraced the femme or the bimbo as legitimate feminist archetypes but.”
She acknowledged that now there appears to be extra of a path ahead for a big-screen model of the doll than there was on the time she was concerned. She added, “In case you search for ‘Barbie’ on TikTok you’ll discover this glorious subculture that celebrates the female, however in 2014, taking this skinny blonde white doll and making her right into a heroine was a tall order.”
Alluding to extra of what Sony had in thoughts for the character, a extra ironic, self-aware Barbie, Cody continued, saying, “That concept of an anti-Barbie made a variety of sense given the feminist rhetoric of 10 years in the past.”
Nevertheless, she famous she had a tough time squaring that concept of “anti-Barbie” with the earnest, straightforwardly female iconography of the character. “I didn’t actually have the liberty then to write down one thing that was devoted to the iconography; they needed a girl-boss feminist twist on Barbie, and I couldn’t determine it out as a result of that’s not what Barbie is.”
Satirically, comic and actress Amy Schumer dropped the identical Sony manufacturing as a result of it wasn’t pro-feminist sufficient. Throughout a current interview with “Watch What Occurs Stay” host Andy Cohen, Schumer affirmed she left the film as a result of it didn’t “really feel feminist and funky.”
Cody additionally famous to GQ that the success of Warner Brother’s “The Lego Film” at the moment added to her stress whereas she was making an attempt to provide you with a screenplay for “Barbie.” She claimed, “I heard infinite references to ‘The Lego Film’ in improvement, and it created an issue for me as a result of they’d performed it so nicely. Any time I got here up with one thing meta, it was an excessive amount of like what they’d performed.”
“It was a roadblock for me,” she added.
It stays to be seen whether or not Warner Brothers’ “Barbie” movie embraces heavy feminist themes, although there are hints there could also be at the least a woke aspect or two to the movie.
In a current interview, with Fandango.com, “Barbie” actress Kate McKinnon described the upcoming movie’s script saying, “I knew it was going to be one thing after which I learn it, and it was like, form of about how like gender roles deny folks half their humanity and the way like we have to similar to be ourselves.”
Others have raised issues over the movie’s geopolitical implications, of all issues. Just lately, lawmakers from the U.S., Vietnam, and The Philippines alleged that the movie’s studio tried to throw a bone to the Chinese language authorities, claiming a cartoon map of Asia featured within the movie depicts China’s claims within the South China Sea.
Although representatives for the studio have since denied the drawing depicts Chinese language pursuits.
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