Daniel Kaluuya’s new production company 59% will co-produce a new Barney the dinosaur project.
59% founded by Kaluuya, Rowan Riley & Amandla Crichlow will co-produce with Mattel Films and Valparaiso’s David Carrico, Adam Paulsen and Bobby Hoppey.
Kaluuya said of the project “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.”
Robbie Brenner, Mattel Films said, “Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectation … the project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults while entertaining today’s kids.”
David Carrico, Valparaiso Pictures said, “Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, and we can’t wait to get ‘I love you, you love me’ stuck in heads everywhere, yet again.”
“Barney” is one of a few Mattel Films projects in development including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Masters of the Universe®, American Girl®, View Master®, Magic 8 Ball® and Major Matt Mason®.
59% is a newly formed production company founded by Academy Award-nominated actor, writer, and producer, Daniel Kaluuya, with a first-look deal at Paramount Players. 59% is striving to bridge the gap between the next wave of storytellers and the studios. As an actor, Kaluuya has chosen roles that defy stereotypes and subvert expectations. The creatives behind 59% are applying the exact same approach towards producing, championing fresh narrative styles and perspectives.
Kaluuya will soon be seen in Universal’s upcoming film Queen & Slim of which he is also an executive producer.
Queen & Slim written by Lena Waithe, is based on a book by James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and tells the story of Slim (Kaluuya) and Queen’s (Jodie Turner-Smith) first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people all across the country.
Queen & Slim comes to UK cinemas 31st January 2020