• Barney is getting a movie, and Daniel Kaluuya of 'Get Out' is producing it

    By: Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    He was able to “Get Out,” and survived the “Black Panther” — and Okoye — so Daniel Kaluuya’s next project might leave some people scratching their heads.

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    Kaluuya is partnering with Mattel Films and Valparaiso Pictures on a live-action movie about Barney, the giant purple dinosaur who famously loved us from 1992 through 2009.

    “Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” Kaluuya said Friday in a statement announcing the 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.”

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

    Kaluuya was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2017 performance in “Get Out.” In 2018, he played W’Kabi — friend of T’Challa and the love of Okoye — in Marvel’s Atlanta-filmed “Black Panther.”

    Social media had mixed reactions to the announcement, so many that Barney was a trending topic by Friday afternoon.

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