The early important acclaim Barbie acquired was already a giant deal, however the Margot Robbie-led film has additionally been crushing on the field workplace (alongside Oppenheimer) within the two weeks since its vast launch. On the time of this writing, the characteristic has revamped $835 million worldwide and is prone to be a part of The Tremendous Mario Bros. Film in crossing the $1 billion mark this yr. With a efficiency like that, Barbie 2 being greenlit would appear like a foregone conclusion, proper? Nicely, not so quick.
Even ignoring the truth that the present writers and actors strikes imply would complicate Warner Bros. Photos’ plans to announce a sequel in regular circumstances, apparently there’s a extra vital issue that doesn’t assure Barbie 2 will occur. As detailed by THR, not like what is commonly carried out with massive franchises as of late, expertise like Robbie, costar Ryan Gosling and director Greta Gerwig didn’t signal offers to return for a sequel. That is in sharp distinction with Paramount Photos asserting it was shifting ahead with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem sequel one week earlier than the primary film hits theaters.
For Margot Robbie, who was additionally one among Barbie’s producers, she’s under no circumstances obligated to reprise her Stereotypical tackle the title doll at the moment. It’s additionally potential that even when Barbie 2 moved ahead, she might solely contribute behind the scenes and leaving the lead performing duties to a different actress. Then there’s Gosling, who, as famous within the report, normally eschews starring in sequels and has a “common aversion for large studio tentpoles.” So except he may very well be satisfied in any other case, Barbie 2 must choose a brand new Ken to hang around by the primary Barbie’s facet, whether or not it’s Robbie’s or another person.
As for Gerwig, who additionally co-wrote the film together with her associate Noah Baumbach, apparently Warner Bros. made “overtures” for her to direct Barbie 2 a number of months earlier than the primary film got here out. Nevertheless, right here representatives opted to carry on reaching a choice till Barbie got here out, which, as mused in THR’s article “find yourself as one of many smartest agenting strikes of the yr.” Nonetheless, as talked about earlier, the strikes make any negotiating not possible proper now, however let’s additionally not overlook Greta Gerwig is already primed to direct a brand new Chronicles of Narnia film for Netflix. As such, even when she needed to return for a Barbie sequel, that will have to be placed on the again burner if her helming duties on the streaming platform take precedence.
And naturally, even when Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Greta Gerwig are all recreation for Barbie 2, Barbie’s overwhelming successes signifies that these three are in wonderful positions to demand important pay raises to return. So to be clear, a sequel isn’t off the desk, however there’s definitely lots that may have to be settled to make it occur, and no progress will be made till the strikes are over. If Barbie 2 finally ends up not being within the playing cards although, not less than followers can take consolation realizing that the way in which Barbie’s ending wrapped issues up make this standard 2023 new film launch an distinctive one-and-done story.
Relaxation assured, if/when the day comes that Barbie 2 is formally introduced, we right here at CinemaBlend will let you understand. Till then, learn by way of the chic particulars you’ll discover when watching Barbie a second time, and keep tuned for when the film might be launched on house media and turns into obtainable to stream with a Max subscription.