As Greta Gerwig’s Barbie approaches the $1 billion mark on the worldwide field workplace, followers and business executives alike are chattering a couple of potential sequel. Usually, franchises like Marvel and Star Wars require actors and administrators to decide to a sure variety of motion pictures, however as the primary in a brand new Mattel collection, Gerwig and stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling did the unattainable: they averted a contract tying them right down to a franchise.
Gerwig was reportedly approached about making a Barbie sequel months in the past, however her group pushed again the negotiations till after the film’s premiere. Now, with the writers strike and actors strike within the full swing, there’s no telling when mentioned negotiations would happen. After they do, nevertheless, it’s clear that Barbie’s standing as a phenomenon and licensed cash maker will have an effect on provides towards the director.
The identical goes for Robbie, who someway made us root for a capitalism-glorifying, unhealthy magnificence standards-pushing doll (when you agree with Ariana Greenblatt’s Sasha) when she journeyed to the true world and found that patriarchy does, in actual fact, nonetheless exist. The face of Stereotypical Barbie additionally produced the film by way of her manufacturing firm LuckyChap, and with out a contract in place, she may select to return to Barbie Land as solely a producer, if in any respect.
Although Gosling lately said he’d work with Gerwig and Robbie on something, he isn’t precisely recognized for starring in large franchises. In any case, the man labored on fairly critical indie movies even after The Pocket book turned him right into a Hollywood heartthrob. Plus, his caveat that Gerwig and Robbie must return to the IP as nicely cements the truth that the writer-director and producer are chargeable for making Barbie sharp, self-aware, humorous, and heartwarming, and never merely an commercial for a product.
Might or not it’s attainable that the trendy movie business would let a profitable movie stand by itself with out bastardizing it right into a collection of more and more generic sequels? Solely time will inform. Till then, try our characteristic on Gerwig, the driving drive behind the film’s success.