Amy Schumer, known for her work in comedy and films like “Trainwreck,” was initially involved in the development of the live-action Barbie movie before Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and Greta Gerwig came on board. Schumer was originally set to star in the project during the development of writer Hilary Winston’s script at Sony. However, she eventually dropped out in 2017, and the project transitioned to Warner Bros. with a new screenplay by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
“They said I was too thin,” Schumer joked when asked about the OG idea on Thursday’s episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “I can’t wait to see the movie. I think it looks awesome. I think we said it was scheduling conflicts. That’s what we said. But it really was just like, creative differences. But there’s a new team behind it and it looks like it’s very feminist and cool, so I will be seeing this movie.”
During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Schumer jokingly mentioned that she was told she was “too thin” for the role. She expressed excitement about the upcoming movie and praised its feminist and cool qualities. When asked if the original iteration didn’t feel feminist and cool during her involvement, Schumer simply responded with a “yeah.”
Schumer told The Hollywood Reporter in 2022 that an incident involving a Jell-O shoe led to her exit.“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted to do it, the only way I was interested in doing it,” she told the outlet, confirming that she wanted the character to be an “inventor,” but that the studio wanted her invention to be a shoe made out of the sweet treat. “The idea that that’s just what every woman must want, right there, I should have gone, ‘You’ve got the wrong gal.'”
In a previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer revealed that her departure was due to creative differences. One incident involved a disagreement over a Jell-O shoe, where the studio’s vision didn’t align with her own. Schumer wanted the Barbie character to be an inventor, while the studio suggested a shoe made of Jell-O. She reflected on the experience, realizing that the studio’s idea didn’t match her vision and feminist perspective.
The live-action Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie, is set to release on July 21.