Barbie Sequel Already in the Works

( – Greta Gerwig’s pink-hued and almost-satire movie “Barbie” is still playing in many theaters, but reports say that executives are already looking at a possible sequel to the hottest blockbuster film of the summer.

United Kingdom-based news outlet The Sun reported that according to sources, there is already a “very early days” efforts to reach out to the crew who worked on the film to see if they are available to work on a part two.

The news comes as the fun and funky feature film hit the $1 billion mark recently. Barbie is the first feature film helmed solely by a female director – Warner Brothers, the studio behind the film, called the accomplishment a “watershed moment.” Warner Bros. executive Jeff Goldstein said that no one but Gerwig could be capable of bringing an iconic character like Barbie to life in such a “funny, emotional and entertaining story.”

Also credited for Barbie’s success was lead star Margot Robbie, who initially pitched the movie after securing rights from toy-maker Mattel. Critics have praised the movie for its visuals, and diverse cast of characters, as well as compelling performances from Robbie, leading man Ryan Gosling, and the rest of the artists in the film

“A dazzling achievement, both technically and in tone,” wrote critic Christy Lemire. Chicago Tribune reviewer Michael Phillips called the film “curious, creative, [and] buoyant.”

Warner Brother studio execs might have to wait a while longer for talks on a sequel to take any shape though, as both the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) are still on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the movie studios, Warner Brothers included.

Negotiations have only recently started again between the WGA and the AMPTP, with the former set to review a counterproposal from the latter. However, the AMPTP has yet to reach out and negotiate with SAG-AFTRA. The writers and artists groups are both protesting on matters regarding compensation, residual income from streaming revenue, working conditions, the use of artificial intelligence and other new technologies, and other issues.

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