Mattel Desires a Sequel, Greta Gerwig’s Not Positive

Simply when all that pre-release Barbie buzz was beginning to make scorching pink really feel monotonous, the film opened—and delivered that sought-after mix of critical praise, audiences of each lovers and haters (which introduced even extra buzz), and massive box office success. Mattel executives might not have quite understood director Greta Gerwig’s purpose forward of time, however they 100% perceive greenback indicators.

Inevitably, when a film’s a giant hit, sequel discuss occurs; sometimes, even earlier than the film’s a giant hit, these in cost enable themselves to dream massive. Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz places it plainly, speaking to Variety: “On the outset, we’re not saying, ‘Okay, let’s suppose already about film two and three.’ Let’s get the primary one proper and make {that a} success. And in the event you do this, alternatives open up in a short time, as soon as you identify the primary film as a profitable illustration of a franchise on the massive display … Profitable motion pictures lend themselves to extra motion pictures. Our ambition is to create movie franchises.”

We already know that Mattel has a number of different toy traces in thoughts for future diversifications (here’s a recent list of 14, including Barney and the Magic 8 Ball, that are in the queue), however you’ll be able to’t actually blame its executives for hoping to recapture extra Barbie magic. “Barbie, as a model, has many alternative iterations … in addition to the primary Barbie determine, she has household, she has a whole lot of components round in her universe,” Kreiz informed the commerce.

The Barbie film explored a few of that, however there are actually extra tales in that universe that could possibly be informed. Or are there? Talking to the New York Occasions, director and co-writer Gerwig—whose unique vision was a driving drive behind the film, in addition to her collaboration with star Margot Robbiementioned, “At this second, it’s all I’ve obtained. I really feel like that on the finish of each film, like I’ll by no means have one other thought and the whole lot I’ve ever needed to do, I did. I wouldn’t wish to squash anyone else’s dream however for me, at this second, I’m at completely zero.”

Head to the New York Times to learn the complete interview, which incorporates Gerwig’s response to the film’s success in addition to its doll-torching right-wing detractors. Barbie is in theaters now.


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