After the success of “Barbie,” Mattel makes plans to take another doll property to the big screen.

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December 14, 2023

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American Girl dolls.
American Girl dolls. Mattel Films

Mattel, Paramount Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment have announced plans to develop a live-action feature film based on the American Girl doll line. “American Girl” will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by Mattel Films, Paramount Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment (“Twilight,” “The Maze Runner” and “The Fault in Our Stars”). Lindsey Anderson Beer (“Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”) is attached to write the screenplay and produce. 

“American Girl is a beloved franchise, rich in history and storytelling with millions of devoted fans,” says Robbie Brenner, president, Mattel Films. “Through dolls, books, live experiences and television movies, the brand has captured hearts for decades. We are excited to continue Mattel Films’ momentum and collaborate with Paramount Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment and Lindsey Anderson Beer to bring American Girl to life on the big screen.” 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mattel Films, our friends at Temple Hill and the incredibly talented Lindsey Anderson Beer to bring American Girl – one of the most iconic doll brands ever – to moviegoers everywhere,” says Daria Cercek, co-president, Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group. 

“Growing up, my sister and I were American Girl girls,” says Beer. “I had Kirsten, and she had Molly. They didn't feel like dolls to play with, rather real people whose worlds we got to imagine ourselves in. They are historically accurate toys and accessories that feature elaborate and immersive backstories uniquely suited to bring to screen. I am so excited to tell a story that tackles the issues of girlhood in a real and compelling way, and proud to partner with Mattel Films, Paramount Pictures and Temple Hill to create the ‘American Girl’ movie I have wanted to see since childhood.” 

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“American Girl” is overseen by Kevin McKeon and Ivan Sanchez at Mattel, Vanessa Joyce at Paramount Pictures and Isaac Klausner, Laura Quicksilver and Annika Patton at Temple Hill. Beer is represented by CAA, Daniel Cohan at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Cheryl Snow at Gang Tyre and Shelter PR. 

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