Sony Hires 3 Writers to Replace Diablo Cody's Script of 'Barbie'

The studio wants to fast-track the project to meet its 2017 release by hiring Bert Royal, Hilary Winston and Lindsay Beer at the same time.

AceShowbiz - The "Barbie" movie project is moving forward again with the hiring of three writers. Bert Royal, Hilary Winston and Lindsay Beer are told to each write their own versions of the movie and Sony will pick one to be produced.

Sony previously had Jenny Bicks to write the first draft and then hired Diablo Cody to polish the script. However, the studio reportedly was not pleased with Cody's version and opted to use a multitrack strategy of hiring three writers simultaneously to reach the June 2017 deadline. According to Deadline, Beer's and Royal's deals have been sealed but Winston's is also moving fast.

The film is said to be a live-action feature based on the popular Mattel toy. Back in 2014, Tim Kilpin, executive VP of global brands for Mattel, said that the movie would feature Barbie's playful personality. "Now is the right time in Barbie's celebrated history for her to star in a live-action, contemporary comedy that brings her playful personality to life for generations of fans," he said at that time.

Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Amy Pascal and Walter F. Parkes, the film is slated for June 2, 2017 release.

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