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“I definitely didn’t want to try to make puff pies Barbie. Executive producer and star Margot Robbie said during a panel for the film at Deadline’s Contenders Film: “I wanted us to run on the scary stuff as much as we did,” executive producer and star Margot Robbie said during a Los Angeles panel on the film. As much as we celebrate wonderful things.” “That’s why I went after Greta (Gerwig), because I thought, ‘She would do this.'”
Robbie secured the rights to the iconic doll through his production company LuckyChap before contacting Gerwig and Gerwig’s partner Noah Baumbach to write the script. Although she did not have a story in mind, she knew that in the right hands the film could become “something incredible”.
“Everyone in the world knows barbie, If you look at a map that we showed in the pitch presentation for this recognition, it’s like Barbie spans the entire world,” Roby said.
Incredible is exactly the word to describe the film, which grossed $162 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend. This makes it the biggest opening of 2023, the biggest opening by a female director, and the biggest opening for the film’s stars Robbie and Ryan Gosling. It is now the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film in the studio’s history, and is also the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman.
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But Gerwig doesn’t want to take all the credit barbieSuccess of. Instead, she emphasizes that she stands on the shoulders of those who came before her.
“If those women hadn’t done that, there would have been no way for us to be on stage and do what we had to do,” she said. “So don’t feel alone in this place. I feel that many of them have come before and will come later also.”
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Robbie did not want Gerwig’s accomplishments to go unnoticed, insisting that she changed the landscape for female directors who came after her.
“I would immediately intervene and say what Greta is too polite to say,” Robbie said. “He has really changed the game. From now on, it’s different because of what he has done. It is huge. And someone’s going to come forward with another original idea that requires a bigger budget, and will have a female lead, and they’ll point to barbie And says, ‘But it made money.’ Everyone’s going to go, ‘Oh, okay we have to greenlight it.’ And it’s amazing.”
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