Mattel announced plans for a live-action comedy with Sony Pictures starring the titular doll. Film will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, with a script by Jenny Bicks. Universal had been developing a live-action movie, meanwhile Barbie remains popular on the homevid circuit.
Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison banner will develop, with Sandler attached to topline. Kevin Lima is attached to direct.
Sequel “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” bowed globally to $132 million, and spurred Paramount to move forward with a third installment to be helmed by Jon M. Chu.
Producer Joel Silver and WB had been developing “Masters of the Universe,” but the project is now set up at Sony. Jon M. Chu was attached to direct, but he dropped out.
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Emmett/Furla Films is producing, its first foray into animation.
Monopoly is set up at Sony and will be produced by Emmett/Furla Films and Ridley Scott. Production will likely begin next summer.
Universal is developing a live action musical based on the toys, who are the offspring to or related to classic movie monsters. The dolls have also spawned books, video games, web series, TV specials and homevids.
Universal is in development with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, of “Paranormal Activity” fame.
Relativity backed out of development after Universal had put the project into turnaround with Taylor Lautner attached. Will the film ever get made?
The fourth “Transformers” film directed by Michael Bay, “Age of Distinction” will be released June 27, and stars Mark Wahlberg.