In absolutely out-of-left-field news -- Is there something further than left field? What if it's so far left field it circles the Earth and becomes right field? -- today it's been announced that Greta Gerwig and her beau and writing partner Noah Baumbach, himself a filmmaker of some note, are writing the script for Margot Robbie's Barbie movie - yes, the doll Barbie -- with Greta possibly tackling directing duties as well. I don't know! I just repeat the news!
I suppose the best case scenario that comes to mind is Greta wants to make something like Splash, a film she probably grew up with -- a high-concept mainstream comedy about a too good to be true blonde lady. Margot Robbie's about as good of a casting possible outside of 1980s Daryl Hannah, at least. I don't know. I don't know what to say about this news. I have nothing against Barbie per se -- weirdly I was just talking about the Barbie documentary Tiny Shoulders this past weekend, which was fascinating -- and Hollywood cookie-cutter thinking aside if they allow for fresh ideas there are dozens of interesting ways to tackle this movie. It's just... a lot. This is a lot. I'm trying to take it easy for my birthday and this is a lot.