30 Years Ago, Sharon Stone Was Mocked For a Pitch That Grossed $1B Today

30 Years Ago, Sharon Stone Was Mocked For a Pitch That Grossed $1B Today
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The actress even had an opening scene in store.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the world-famous Barbie and Ken may now be a whole cultural phenomenon and an award-winning story with a much deeper meaning that many assume to have, but quite few people know that the idea of transporting the doll’s world to the cinema screen was born much earlier than just last year.

While talking to hosts Dana Carvey and David Spade on their Fly On The Wall podcast, actress Sharon Stone added some new details about her pitching a Barbie movie, the first mention of which Stone had posted in her social media previously.

As the actress said herself, back in the 1990s she was trying to “sell” the idea, that seemed quite promising, to movie studios, but instead just got some mocking comments about her attempts to just destroy the American icon.

Now Stone got even more candid confessing that back then she had even come up with an opening scene for the future film — and it indeed has some plot intersections with Greta Gerwig’s last year’s hit.

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As Sharon Stone was imagining, the movie would open with Barbie going to the Mattel’s office in her pink Barbie car and then proceeding to the office accompanied by bodyguards as she’s, obviously, “the queen of Mattel” and the film itself is supposed to show her immense world power.

As it turned out, producers weren’t that feminist about this whole idea — and didn’t see Barbie as someone who can have power.

Though Sharon Stone was pretty much the first one to ever generate the idea and try to bring it to life, there had also been some other famous actresses that pitched the famous doll’s movie before Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie did.

Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway both saw a big potential in such a story, but never made it to bringing their versions to the screen — for various reasons.

Thus, Sharon Stone’s confession comes as one more proof that Barbie’s success everywhere at once last year wasn’t just a mere luck — the story just waited too long to be told.

Source: Fly On The Wall Podcast