If you were looking forward to seeing Amy Schumer taking on the role of the iconic Mattel doll Barbie in Sony Pictures’ upcoming big screen adaptation, then we have some bad news for you as Variety is reporting that she has exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with the promotional tour for her new comedy Snatched.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to ‘Barbie’ due to scheduling conflicts,” said Schumer. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The live-action movie has been written by Hilary Winston (The LEGO Ninjago Movie), with a rewrite from Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele, and is a fish out of water tale where a misfit Barbie (who would have been played by Schumer) is kicked out of Barbieland, home to all the various incarnations of Barbie from its 57-year-history. She then sets off on an adventure in the real world where she comes to realise that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself.
Barbie is slated for release on June 29th 2018, so Sony will need to move quickly to find a new lead and a director for the project.