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Mattel Films, Daniel Kaluuya’s 59% and Valparaiso Pictures Announce Plans to Bring “Barney” to the Big Screen
- “Barney” marks the first collaboration between Mattel Films and production companies 59% and Valparaiso Pictures
- Development project is the eighth live-action film Mattel Films has announced since its creation one year ago
Mattel Films will co-produce “Barney” alongside Academy Award®-nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Black Panther”),
“Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” said
"Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” said Daniel Kaluuya, 59%. “We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."
“Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, and we can’t wait to get ‘I love you, you love me’ stuck in heads everywhere, yet again,” said
“Barney” will join other Mattel Films projects in development, including ones based on Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Masters of the Universe®, American Girl®, View Master®, Magic 8 Ball® and Major Matt Mason®.
About 59% Productions
59% is a newly formed production company founded by Academy Award-nominated actor, writer and producer, Daniel Kaluuya, with a first look deal at Paramount Players. 59% is striving to bridge the gap between the next wave of storytellers and the studios. As an actor, Kaluuya has chosen roles that defy stereotypes and subvert expectations. The creatives behind 59% are applying the exact same approach towards producing, championing fresh narrative styles and perspectives. Kaluuya can next be seen in Universal’s upcoming film QUEEN & SLIM of which he is also an executive producer.
About Valparaiso Pictures
With an eye towards projects that have the potential to shift culture and reach wide audiences, Valparaiso Pictures is quickly ramping up their production and development slate. They’re currently in development on the Kumail Nanjiani led political action comedy “No Glory” being written by
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