Move over Jurassic ParkBarney is poised to make a major move to the big screen!

Even though the big purple dinosaur won’t exactly star in a high-action, sort-of-scary story on the level of the Jurassic Park franchise, the beloved TV character will make his way to theaters sooner than you think.

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Mattel Films is teaming up with Daniel Kaluuya’s 59% banner and Valparaiso Pictures for a full-length theatrical feature based on the popular purple dancing, singing dino friend.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kaluuya said, “Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood.” Kaluuya also added, “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.”

Mattel Film’s Robbie Brenner said, “Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations.” Brenner went on to explain, “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

As of now, the film is only in the development stage. That means we’ll have to wait for word on celeb stars, release date or if the pre-Baby Shark earworm “The Clean Up Song” will make its way to the film’s soundtrack.

—Erica Loop

Feature photo: Barney via YouTube

 

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