Mattel and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) have partnered to develop a live-action motion picture based on Mattel’s classic American Girl line of books and dolls.
Mattel Films, MGM and PICTURESTART’s Erik Feig will produce the film. Cassidy Lange, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Robbie Brenner, Mattel Films’ Executive Producer will oversee production.
American Girl characters were first introduced in 1986 and have since offered a world of dolls, original content, and experiences. More than 32 million American Girl dolls and 157 million American Girl books have been sold through the company’s catalogue, retail stores and website to date. American Girl’s popular character stories have previously been adapted into several made-for-TV movies and culminated in Picturehouse and New Line Cinema’s feature adaptation of the Kit Kittredge character with Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin.
The news marks the third planned big-screen production for Mattel, which recently announced an upcoming Hot Wheels live-action motion picture and the Barbie feature-film starring and co-produced by Margot Robbie, both in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. Mattel has also partnered with Sony Pictures for a reimagining of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s classic toy line which became an animated television program.