Behind the Pink Curtain: The Untold Story of Sharon Stone's "Barbie" Pitch

Sharon Stone revealed on Instagram that in the 90s she wanted to make a film about Barbie with the approval of Mattel executives

by Sededin Dedovic
Behind the Pink Curtain: The Untold Story of Sharon Stone's "Barbie" Pitch
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The recent success of the live-action movie "Barbie," directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie, unexpectedly became a huge success at the box office. But what many may not know is that the path of the legendary plastic figure to the silver screen was very long because there was an idea to make a movie about Barbie before.

In fact, the road to Barbie's debut on the big screen was fraught with rejection, creative conflicts, and ultimately missed opportunities. One of the earliest attempts at a live-action Barbie movie took place in the 1990s and was fronted by none other than Sharon Stone.

With the support of a Mattel executive, Stone envisioned a film that would delve deeper into the world of dolls, but according to her, her proposal was met with derision from studio executives. "I was laughed at at the studio when I came up with the idea to make a movie about Barbie in the 90s, with the support of the director of the Mattel company," wrote Sharon Stone in the comments below the post of America Ferrera, the actress who had a notable role in last year's hit film "Barbie".

Stone's experience was not unique. Actresses like Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway have also been attached to Barbie movie projects at different times, only to have them fall through for different reasons. Schumer, who originally played Barbie, eventually left the project due to creative differences, paving the way for Hathaway to take the lead.

However, it also failed, because it was considered that the character of Barbie would not attract a large audience to the cinema considering that it is a typical female film. The initial resistance to Stone's idea, especially in the '90s, reflects a time when female-driven narratives, especially those associated with traditionally "girly" themes, were often met with skepticism.

Gerwig and Robbie's "Barbie" proved that a live-action adaptation could be commercially viable. The film's feminist themes and focus on female empowerment resonated with audiences, showing that Barbie's story has the potential to transcend the boundaries of just another movie.

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