With Mattel's recent announcement of plans to bring their beloved Barbie to the big screen in the near future, Hollywood's desire to tap into old childhood classics and playful themes is gathering steam. Straying away from some of today's digitized special effects and complicated plots, the simplistic approach of popular board games and teenage novels will soon hit big screens. Hollywood production companies, including Universal Pictures, are teaming with the likes of Hasbro to recreate game classics into screen adaptations. Even the classic children's fantasy film "Neverending Story" is in the works to be remade. Here are a few remakes that are sure to spark childhood memories.
She's fantastic, she's plastic . . . and now, she's heading to a theater near you. Universal Pictures has reportedly struck a deal with Mattel to bring Barbie to the big screen in a live action film.
"Barbie is the most famous doll in history, a unique cultural icon in the world of brands," said Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger. "So many representations of Barbie frequent pop culture, but never before has she been brought to life in a motion picture. We're grateful to Mattel for entrusting us with this extraordinary opportunity."
"Julie & Julia" producer Laurence Mark will lead the project. The plot possibilities for the movie are endless. Will Ken and Barbie wed and live happily ever after in her Malibu dream house? Will Barbie finally find and stick to one of the 70-plus careers she has had over the years? "Barbie may be the most popular girl in the world, and has always been a wonderfully aspirational figure, so we must do her proud," Mark said.