Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Amy Schumer exits Barbie
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Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Variety has learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” opposite Steve Carell.

Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date since Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.

“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”

Sony is still trying to find a director for the comedy. The “Barbie” movie is said to be in the vein of “Splash”, “Enchanted” and “Big.” In it, the main character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a real-world adventure.

Schumer recently did a polish of the script. It’s unknown whether the same tone will be kept with the comedian no longer attached.

Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing the film. Parkes and MacDonald initiated the original deal with Mattel in 2014.

Schumer can be seen next in the action-comedy  “Snatched,” which opens on May 12, 2017, and also has “Thank You for Your Service” opening in October. She is repped by UTA, Carrie Byalick at B Company and Maverick Management.

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  1. englanddg says:

    I don’t buy for one moment that this was about a scheduling conflict.

    Her last movie bombed, her netflix schedule bombed. I get it, she is trying that “shock jock” firm of comedy, like Dice Clay…

    The thing is, to pull that off you have to be more three dimensional than just saying disgusting things. And, she isn’t. (neither was Dice Clay)

    This reeks of producers pulling the plug and rethinking the project.

  2. Sherry Hodges says:

    Did anybody tell Goldie Hahn she’s got bad box office numbers?

  3. Good Barbies not a fat bitch

  4. Anon says:

    Thank god, ANYONE would have been better than her. All they did was go to the most desperate attention whore out there. Seriously ANYONE would have been better. PATRICK WARBURTON IN A WIG WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER.

  5. Denny Crane says:

    Good. Perhaps they can get an actress that will be a positive role model for girls. How about Kaitlin Olson? Her characters have been nuns compared to Amy. Plus, the wardrobe cost will be about half.

  6. Caligula says:

    Truth is that she was told she was too fat and needed to drop 30lbs minimum or no deal. She shoved a donut in her mouth and ran!!

  7. j.cam says:

    In the first place, why hire a “comedian” who isn’t funny and who is such a partisan fanatic that she insults half the country with her constant political preaching? Is it because Amy Schumer has blond hair?

  8. Hassan says:

    Katrina Kaif as Barbie. Make it happen, Hollywood.

  9. Joe says:

    what a waste of money on those tix! I thot Amy was supposed to be funny, not just funny looking!

  10. She didn’t “drop out”. She was likely let go because the movie execs foresaw that the movie would BOMB if they kept the Leftist Fascist Schumer as part of the cast.

  11. Smalltown Roger says:

    I would say get that Russian girl who got all that surgery to look like Barbie to play the lead.
    Who needs amy Schumer anyway? As Weird Al Yankovic told Dan Rather, he would alienate half his audience right away if he went political. She did just that.
    The worst the Russian girl could do is hack the next election…

    And by the way, Chelsea Clinton sucks. Really. Stick to honoring people who are funny or help us forget troubles by being entertaining. That is your field. It’s a big field. Play in it.

    Oh, yes, one last thing.

    Chelsea Clinton, like the rest of that lot–really sucks.

    • UrParents says:

      The Russian girl who got all the plastic surgery to look like Barbie? Melania is too busy avoiding D*nald and her First Lady duties, locked up in her NYC penthouse.

  12. Baru says:

    So will they simply not have “disgusting” barbie represented in the film? The horror…

  13. Baron Munchausen says:

    Alas, the live-action “Barbie” is now a film to look forward to.

  14. kat0711 says:

    Whoa. I was totally not expecting (but hoping) you to go into detail. Wow what a story. I’m so sorry about your book and that she ripped you off but thank you for the interesting story! Did you even attempt to sue or was that impossible?

  15. Carlton Banks IV says:

    Amy Pascal hates attractive women so much she’ll turn around and cast someone even fatter and more obnoxious to play Barbie (Melissa McCarthy?).

  16. Joe Makela says:

    BS, her morphology is the opposite of a barbie type. Too short and pear shaped. in 1966 the late Sharon Tate inspired the original Malibu Barbie! Check out the movie DON’T MAKE WAVES. in 2017 we have an aborted Amy S. vanity project, what a n effin ego this chick!

  17. incog99 says:

    Probably dropped due to her tasteless display on Netflix. Politics can ruin a comedy career quickly.

    • Anon says:

      Yeah tell that to Wanda Sykes. Gets booed for going on a political tirade and tells everyone to F off and bails off stage.

    • Carlton Banks IV says:

      There’s only one actress in Hollywood who can give us the Barbie we need in 2017-18– Caitlyn Jenner!!

  18. Ttoutsnot says:

    You’re fat….And Barbie ain’t. What is the scheduling conflict…. KFC?

    • What kind of person says this about anyone,what,did she do something to you? Really mean spirited,bet you have you have a lot of friends,huh? NOT

      • j.cam says:

        David Phillips, when Democrats and liberals were viciously fat shaming Linda Tripp, did you ever stand up for her, or did you laugh along like all the other partisan, brainwashed sheep? I am sick of liberals acting like they are righteous when they are they actually more vicious.

      • Baru says:

        She can use it as material in her stand-up, yet when someone else makes comment, they are wrong?

        You sir are the problem with society today…. Such thin skin.

      • Obviousity says:

        You type pretty well for a blind man… Must be using a voice-to-text app.

  19. Sickof Toysrebootsanswastesofspaces says:

    ”The film has so much promise”??????LMAOUTEOT.

  20. Burro b says:

    Uhh isn’t Barbie a skinny white Women ? Just asking

  21. Paper Kay says:

    Finally. Though not shockingly.

  22. Tony says:

    Schedule conflict? Right! She just realized that not enough nasty ass trash tramps in the world to make that movie any money. Especially after her failed, not funny, disgusting stand up show she just finished.

  23. Damon Cloud says:

    Or MB she just realized she to fat and don’t look like a barby wow another reason I don’t watch movies

  24. Captain Paintball says:

    She thought it was CARBie.

  25. Phil T. Pegg says:

    The movie’s release schedule conflicted with the timing of her career being over. Totally understandable she’d choose to back out.

  26. ZeroSonico says:

    “You can’t fire me! I quit!”

  27. The old quit before you get fired strategy.

  28. SaintElmosTickle says:

    Rumor in Tinseltown is that she’ll be the lead in the follow-up to the uproariously funny and massively popular Ghostbusters reboot. She’s been told she’ll need to get in shape for the role by putting on a few pounds (always an issue for Amy) and tightening up her vaginal jokes as the current Chaucerian routine is looking a little loose and flappy.

  29. Justin Sidious says:

    Did she think it was the unfunny “Curvy Barbie” movie or something?

  30. I’m not believing that for a second, she either couldn’t make weight, or was pressured to drop out due to the recent flop of her comedy special.

  31. BillUSA says:

    Scheduling conflict?

    R-i-i-i-i-ght, Amy.

    Couldn’t have anything to do with the negative pub about your Netflix bomb, would it? Perhaps Mattel had enough of the negative backlash concerning a big-bodied, big-mouthed brat portraying the iconic Barbie.

    Who knows. But this pleases me.

  32. Wickham says:

    Good.

  33. tommy helms says:

    Colin Kaepernick will get signed before chubby Amy does

  34. Atilla Thehun says:

    Actually she thought the casting was for Barbie DULL and that she’d be perfect

  35. gMan says:

    I would love to know who thought it was a good idea to associate the childhood hero Barbie with a foul mouth, admitted slut? Does anyone give a shit about consistent branding anymore?

  36. Jinjeon says:

    Good. You can still make the movie progressive by showing Barbie in her forties dealing with younger Barbies taking her place and deciding to tackle real-world life because of her age she’s not welcome in Barbieland anymore. Then you can cast some A-list star that actually looks like Barbie either Cameron Diaz or Charlize Theron will do. And everyone is happy. SJWs are happy and Barbie fans are happy because Barbie actually looks like Barbie.

  37. SMITH says:

    Mattel was not going to have their crown jewel tarnished. Imagine someone editing the Barbie trailer with clips of Schumer’s stand up special with her talking about her vagina stinking.

  38. Matt says:

    “Scheduling conflicts.” Or maybe Sony is finally starting to wise up amidst their leadership mess. We get it. You’re “progressive.” You’re PC. Amy Schumer could play Barbie, women could play Ghostbusters, and Idris Elba can play James Bond. “They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Time to stop trying to advance the left-wing agenda and time to start focusing on you know, making some MONEY.

    • Quad says:

      Agree with you, but Idris Elba playing James Bond is not PC. He’d be great because he’s the best man for the job, not because he’s black.

    • SoHotRightNow says:

      Not PC to have Idris Elba play Bond – he’s suave and cool enough to pull it off. I’d like to see Madame Broccoli be a bit edgier and consider Caitlyn Jenner for the role, perhaps as a homage to Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. The poor lady’s ex-family would make a bargain basement set of classic Bond villains and Kanye could play the love interest to attract the urban audience.

    • xibit says:

      You sound overly invested in the Barbie world for being such a manly man anti leftist. Maybe there’s more than dolls in your closet.

  39. Phillip Ayling says:

    I guess Amy doesn’t plan on having a movie in release for summer 2018 because she didn’t understand her shooting and promotional schedule when she connected with this project. This is sooooo not believable. More likely when you talk like a pig and behave like a pig, someone figures you might not be quite right to be the face of Barbie going forward.

  40. SPIKE says:

    summer’s coming. she had to get her bikini cut and lose 30 pounds.

  41. Mark says:

    They’ll probably get rebel Wilson

  42. Mark says:

    Thank God

  43. Mike says:

    Too bad as Amy would have been great in that role…even so, I am glad she has a few movies in the pipeline.

  44. Debi Nanno says:

    The crisiticism was she is fat which is WRONG! They called me “big” when I was home, but here is better for suppoort!

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