Daniel Kaluuya is making an adult-friendly Barney movie

“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,” Kaluuya says in a press release.

October 18, 2019
Daniel Kaluuya is making an adult-friendly <i>Barney</i> movie Anthony Harvey/Matthew Peyton/Getty Images

Daniel Kaluuya (star of Get Out and Black Panther) has announced his next project, and it's big and purple. His new production banner, 59%, is teaming with Mattel Films to adapt Barney the Dinosaur for the big screen. “Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” Kaluuya said in a press statement. “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.”

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The film, appropriately titled Barney, is being described as one that will "resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids." It follows Mattel Film's recent casting of Margot Robbie as the titular role in Barbie, which Greta Gerwig has been tapped to write.

Daniel Kaluuya is making an adult-friendly Barney movie