Amy Schumer had once been on board to play the beloved doll, Barbie, in a Sony Pictures project back in 2016. However, she later stepped away from the film, citing “scheduling conflicts.” Now, in a recent interview with Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live,” Schumer revealed that creative differences were the real reason behind her departure.
When asked about the upcoming Barbie film, now starring Margot Robbie, Schumer expressed excitement and mentioned that the new team behind the project had made it look “feminist and cool.” Cohen probed further, asking Schumer if the film didn’t feel feminist and cool when she was involved. Schumer replied affirmatively, suggesting that the project didn’t align with her vision.
In a previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer had discussed her decision to leave the Sony’s “Barbie” project. She explained that the studio didn’t want to approach the film the way she envisioned. Schumer’s script portrayed Barbie as an inventor, but the studio had different ideas. They requested that her invention be a high heel made from Jell-O. In response, Schumer received a pair of Manolo Blahniks as a celebration, emphasizing the stereotypical expectation that women should desire such footwear.
Reflecting on the incident, Schumer realized that the studio’s vision didn’t align with her own. The experience made her realize that they had the wrong idea about what she wanted to convey. It was a clear indication that their understanding of what every woman should want was misguided.
Eventually, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the “Barbie” film in 2018. The following year, Margot Robbie was confirmed as the lead actress and also took on a producer role. Under the direction of Greta Gerwig, the new “Barbie” film is set to hit theaters on July 21.
Schumer’s departure from the project highlights the importance of creative control and the significance of representing characters in a way that aligns with the intended vision. While the comedian may have stepped away due to creative differences, her positive outlook on the new version of the film indicates that the team behind it has successfully captured the feminist and cool qualities she sought to portray.
As audiences eagerly anticipate the release of the “Barbie” film, the journey behind its creation serves as a reminder of the complexities involved in bringing beloved characters to life on the big screen. It also underscores the importance of collaboration and understanding between creatives to deliver a final product that resonates with the intended audience.