Is a Barbie Sequel Brewing At Mattel?

The cultural steamroller that’s the Barbie film has been dashing ever-nearer since 2018, when Warner Bros. Photos first scooped up the rights to Mattel’s best-known money-maker. There was all the time the hope that Ms. Barbara Roberts—as embodied by actress Margot Robbie—may pull large numbers on the field workplace, however the response since Barbie set pictures first dropped in 2022 shocked even her most ardent supporters (and her producers). The pictures of Robbie and co-star Ryan Gosling in head-to-toe neon and curler blades, skating alongside Venice Seaside, lit social media ablaze. A 12 months later, Barbie is projected to make as a lot as $140 million over its opening weekend; Robbie is without doubt one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood; and Barbiecore is the most well liked development in trend.

With outcomes of that caliber, Mattel—already eager on transferring as a lot of its toys onto the massive display as potential—could be hard-pressed to search out causes not to make a Barbie sequel. It definitely appears a probable end result, given feedback made by each Robbie herself and Barbie director Greta Gerwig in current months.

As Robbie instructed Time in June, “[The story] may go one million completely different instructions from this level. However I believe you fall right into a little bit of a entice when you attempt to arrange a primary film while additionally planning for sequels.” Gerwig adopted that remark by tossing a tidbit to Leisure Tonight in July: “I’m simply centered on getting this one out and crossing all my fingers and toes. After which we’ll see what occurs after that.”


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Nor was this the primary time Gerwig has teased the potential of an entire collection. In November 2022, whereas attending the Academy’s Governors Awards, Gerwig fielded a query from Selection relating to the possibility Barbie could be “the beginning of a franchise.” To which she replied: “I can’t reply all these questions! I imply, it could definitely be thrilling if it was.”

We all know from current reporting at The New Yorker that Mattel has dozens of toy-inspired tasks on the earth, together with movies about Barney, He-Man, and Polly Pocket. It could stand to motive a Barbie sequel could be a pure extension of the corporate’s already no-holds-barred Hollywood technique. However till we get the official phrase from Gerwig herself—or, extra doubtless, from Barbie’s company overlords—we’ll simply need to hope there’s extra adventures within the Dreamhouse to return.

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Lauren Puckett-Pope is a workers tradition author at ELLE, the place she primarily covers movie, tv and books. She was beforehand an affiliate editor at ELLE.