- ‘American Girl’ dolls will be adapted into a live-action feature film, produced by Temple Hill Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.
- Screenwriter Lindsey Beer, known for Pet Semetary: Bloodlines, will write the screenplay.
- This follows the success of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie which earned over $1.4 billion at the box office.
Mattel is capitalizing on the success of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie by bringing its ‘American Girl’ dolls to the big screen in a live-action feature film adaptation, collaborating with Paramount Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, and screenwriter Lindsey Beer, who recently worked on Pet Semetary: Bloodlines.
The ‘American Girl’ dolls, which first came out in the late 1980s, represent various eras of American history. Initially featuring dolls Kirsten, Molly, and Samantha, the line has expanded over time to include diverse representation from different time periods. Lindsey Beer, who is also set to write the screenplay for Hasbro’s M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, stated that the ‘American Girl’ dolls had a significant impact on her childhood, adding that they “didn’t feel like dolls to play with, rather real people whose worlds we got to imagine ourselves in.”
Temple Hill Entertainment, responsible for successful franchises such as Twilight and The Maze Runner, will produce the movie. This marks another attempt to bring the ‘American Girl’ franchise to the big screen, following a stalled partnership with MGM in 2019. The only other theatrical release for the brand was 2008’s Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin.
Mattel continues to push forward with movie adaptations of their popular lines, with upcoming projects including Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, and Magic 8-Ball. As of now, there is no information on who will direct or star in the ‘American Girl’ doll movie or when production will begin.