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In an effort to move the project along to make its June 2017 release date, Sony has hired three writers to pen concurrent scripts for the project based on Barbie, the iconic Mattel toy.
The studio is using the multitrack strategy, hiring Bert Royal, Hilary Winston and Lindsey Beer to each write their own scripts for the live-action feature.
Sony, which is hoping to launch a global film franchise with its Barbie story, hired Diablo Cody earlier in 2015 to write the next draft after Jenny Bicks wrote the first draft. Laurie MacDonald and Walter F. Parkes are producing the project, along with Amy Pascal.
Sources say the studio wasn’t jazzed with Cody’s version and decided to hire three writers to take their own stabs at the material. The film is slated to open June 2, 2017.
Royal wrote the script for the Emma Stone-starrer Easy A (2010) and is an executive producer on the ABC Family TV series Recovery Road. He is repped by CAA, R.E.D. and Hansen, Jacobson.
Winston has written for a slew of TV series including Community, Happy Endings and Bad Teacher, which she also executive produced. She also wrote the book My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, a witty collection of autobiographical tales about her dating mishaps. She is repped by UTA, Rise Management and Morris Yorn.
Beer was part of the recent Transformers writers’ room, which helped create the outline for the future of the franchise and devised ways to expand it. The daughter of Sundance Film Festival co-founder Gary Beer, she previously worked on a family adventure story titled Dig for Disney and worked on The Weinstein Co.’s Short Circuit. She is repped by WME.
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