Driven by her unpleasantness over a scheduling conflict, Amy Schumer has quit Sony’s live-action Barbie.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress has reportedly said.
“The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen,” she added.
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule has brought the film to a grinding halt.
The actress’ schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy Snatched that opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me opposite Steve Carell.
Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date since Mattel has already started making of the merchandise and shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, it is learnt.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and will share updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”
Sony is still trying to find a director for the comedy. The Barbie movie is said to be in the vein of Splash, Enchanted and Big.
It is said that Schumer recently did a rehearsal of the script.
The film is been produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal.
At this point it is interesting to note that Parkes and MacDonald initiated the original deal with Mattel in 2014.