Filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are not only involved and have a child together, they also have two of the most talked-about films of this year’s award season with “Little Women” and “Marriage Story”.
Both are also co-writing their biggest budget film to date – the movie based on Mattel’s Barbie doll line – with Gerwig in line to potentially direct. It’s an unexpected choice to be sure, though the cast of Margot Robbie as Barbie and the backing of Warner Bros. Pictures certainly means this will be a high profile feature.
Gerwig, speaking with THR, says she can’t say much about it at the moment but “Warner Bros. is open to strange” which is why they took it on – trying to do something unique with the project. Baumbach was asked if taking on such a film would mess up his indie cred, he responded: “you’re talking to the guy who wrote ‘Madagascar 3’.”
Their agent, Jeremy Barber, also weighed in on the question of whether the pair would do a non-“Barbie” blockbuster together: “[They] are regularly approached for four-quadrant projects. They almost always get an early look. And while they have not yet chosen to make one of these movies, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them at some point soon make one as a team or on their own.”
There’s been no further updates on the project since Gerwig’s involvement was announced back in July and so no word as to when it might film.