Daniel Kaluuya is taking Barney to the following degree.
The Oscar winner is ready to star in and produce an upcoming live-action movie adaptation of the kids’s TV present. Nonetheless, there’s a tonal twist to the mission, as teased by Mattel Movies govt Kevin McKeon.
“We’re leaning into the millennial angst of the property reasonably than fine-tuning this for youths. It’s actually a play for adults,” McKeon instructed The New Yorker. “Not that it’s R-rated, but it surely’ll give attention to among the trials and tribulations of being thirtysomething, rising up with Barney — simply the extent of disenchantment inside the era.”
McKeon described the movie as an “A24-type” “surrealistic” story akin to Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze’s respective works. “It could be so daring of us,” McKeon stated, “and actually underscore that we’re right here to make artwork.”
Lead star Kaluuya beforehand instructed Leisure Weekly in 2020 that he wished to give attention to the “heartbreaking” facets of Barney.
“Barney taught us, ‘I like you, you like me. Received’t you say you like me too?’ That’s one of many first songs I keep in mind, and what occurs when that isn’t true?” Kaluuya stated. “I believed that was actually heartbreaking. I do not know why but it surely appears like that is sensible. It appears like there’s one thing surprising that may be poignant however optimistic. Particularly at the moment now, I believe that’s actually, actually wanted.”
Mattel Movies is launching tentpole function “Barbie” this summer time, which options references to “2001: A House Odyssey,” “The Matrix,” and extra traditional movies. Because the trailer captures, Barbie (Margot Robbie) has an existential disaster which forces her to enter the actual world and depart Barbieland in a reverse Genesis storyline. Mattel additionally has initiatives with Lena Dunham, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Warden, and Ridley Scott within the works.