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After ‘Barbie’ Success, Mattel Developing New Movie Based on Another Iconic Doll

American Girl doll movie
Credit: Mattel

On July 21, Warner Bros. released what would become the top movie of the summer — and one of the most successful movies of all time —¬†Barbie. Barbie¬†starred Margot Robbie as the titular doll, who must venture into the real world when she notices disturbing changes in herself. While in the real world, she discovers that although her world might seem perfect, there are some things missing that make it complete.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Reynolds in Barbie film

Credit: Warner Bros.

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Barbie was an absolute hit in a sort of cult-like way. It was released on the same day as¬†Oppenheimer, which starred Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man known as “the father of the atomic bomb.” The dominant movie weekend even got its own nickname, Barbenheimer. Both films were successful, but Barbie dominated the box office, raking in nearly $1.5 billion.

With the success that Mattel — the company behind the Barbie doll — saw with the movie, it should be no surprise that they are now working on another film based on famous dolls.

Margot Robbie as Barbie

Credit: Warner Bros.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mattel is currently working with Paramount to develop an American Girl movie, based on its American Girl Doll collection.

Paramount Pictures and Maze Runner and Twilight outfit Temple Hill are developing a feature project based on the American Girl dolls, with Lindsey Anderson Beer, who recently worked with Paramount on Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, is set to write and produce the project.

Talks between Mattel, Paramount, and Temple Hill began earlier this year.

American Girl dolls

Credit: Mattel

Anderson Beer spoke about how excited she was for the project, since American Girl dolls hold a special place in her heart.

‚ÄúGrowing up, my sister and I¬†were¬†American Girl girls. I had Kirsten, and she had Molly. They didn‚Äôt feel like dolls to play with, rather real people whose worlds we got to imagine ourselves in. They are historically accurate toys and accessories that feature elaborate and immersive backstories uniquely suited to bring to screen.‚ÄĚ

American Girl dolls

Credit: AmericanGirl.com

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American Girl dolls were first created in the 1980s, and each doll was meant to represent a different time in American history. Each doll comes with a book that tells the story of that doll’s life. There are currently 30 dolls that purchasers can choose from, but be prepared to shell out some serious cash. The average American Girl doll will set you back more than $100.

American Girl doll

Credit: Mattel

American Girl dolls are not the only toys that Mattel is planning to turn into a feature film. The toy company is also planning on making movies based on Hot Wheels Cars, the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, Polly Pocket, and more.

What characters are you hoping to see in the American Girl movie? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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