American Girl Doll Movie in the Works After ‘Barbie’ Success

American Girl Doll Movie in the Works After ‘Barbie’ Success: Mattel, the toy company behind the successful “Barbie” movie, is venturing into another live-action film project. This time, they are developing a movie based on their American Girl doll line, as announced on Wednesday.

The production of “American Girl” will be a collaborative effort involving Mattel Films, Paramount Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment, known for producing “Twilight” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” Lindsey Anderson Beer, the writer of this year’s “Pet Cemetery: Bloodlines,” is attached to write the script and produce the film. The “American Girl” project contributes to Mattel Films’ extensive lineup of movies in development. After the success of its initial blockbuster, “Barbie,” Mattel Films is actively preparing approximately 14 live-action films. This diverse roster includes projects based on popular brands such as Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and UNO.

“Saturday Night Live” has playfully parodied the notion of an American Girl doll movie. In an April sketch, the NBC comedy show featured a spoof trailer starring Ana de Armas. The humorous concept involved bringing American Girl dolls from various historical eras into the modern day, but with a twist – they continually faced untimely demises due to cholera.

“Come for the fun,” declares the trailer. “Stay for the overburdened preteens wearing four layers of petticoats and pantaloons.”
The lively voiceover clarifies that unlike the “Barbie” narrative, there are no boyfriends or pink Corvettes in this particular story.
“Did all their family members die of vague, old-timey diseases? Absolutely,” states the narration. “Come for the fun, stay for the overburdened preteens wearing four layers of petticoats and pantaloons.”

In 2019, Mattel collaborated with MGM on an “American Girl” movie, but those plans eventually faded. Since its initial launch in 1986, over 32 million American Girl dolls have been sold.

“They are historically accurate toys and accessories that feature elaborate and immersive backstories uniquely suited to bring to the screen,” Beer said in a statement. “I am so excited to tell a story that tackles the issues of girlhood in a real and compelling way.”

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