Daniel Kaluuya Reveals 'Heartbreaking' Premise Behind His Barney The Dinosaur Movie
Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is planning on producing a live-action version of Barney the Dinosaur with toy company Mattel, and the whole premise of the movie seems more than a little bit 'heartbreaking'.
Yes, that Barney the Dinosaur, the purple and green star of kids' TV from the 1990s. You know the one.
In a slightly bizarre admission during an interview with EW, Kaluuya explained that Barney taught us the mantra 'I love you, you love me. Won't you say you love me too?', but - he asked - what happens when it turns out 'that isn't true?'.
What happens is that you realise you're an adult, and existence is actually a fairly grim routine that the schmaltz of childhood hasn't prepared you for, right?
Well, Kaluuya plans to explore this theme for his new project.
He explained: "Barney taught us, 'I love you, you love me. Won't you say you love me too?' That's one of the first songs I remember, and what happens when that isn't true? I thought that was really heartbreaking,
"I have no idea why but it feels like that makes sense. It feels like there's something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that's really, really needed."
Can this be real? Only time will tell.
Barney ran from 1992 until 2009, and was wildly popular in terms of children viewing, as well as selling a whole heap of terrifying talking toys.
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The show was tipped for a comeback in 2017, but all talk on that front has since quietened down.
However, in a statement released around this time last year, Kaluuya announced his intentions for the first time.
He wrote: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood.
"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 will be teaming up with Mattel, who is the company behind the famous tyrannosaurus rex, and Valparaiso Pictures for the project.
Mattel Films' Robbie Brenner reckons the movie will 'surprise audiences' and 'subvert expectations'.
There's no indication when the film will be able to start shooting, whether there is a script or if anyone has even been cast yet.
We'll have to wait and see if any more information pops up over the coming weeks and months and no doubt that first trailer will be very interesting indeed.
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