Daniel Kaluuya Confirms His Dark Barney the Dinosaur Movie is Still Happening

The idea of Get Out and Nope star Daniel Kaluuya making a movie based on beloved childhood character Barney the Dinosaur is certainly an unusual one. But make a movie based on beloved childhood character Barney the Dinosaur he will, with the actor revealing that the project is still in development, and once again hinting that it will be much darker than expected.

“My last number of films have been so aligned to kind of what I stand for as a man. But there are a whole lot of things that I do as a man. I love kids’ films. How did everyone get into films? Watching kids’ films. I don’t want to restrict myself to the limitations of what I’m perceived as.”

During his conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Kaluuya revealed that the script for his Barney movie is currently being reworked, and discussed how the likes of Barney’s “I love you, you love me / We’re a happy family” song resulted in the actor feeling hurt when he discovered that the world is far from that simple later in life.

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This is not the first time that Kaluuya has discussed the impact of such a song on his perception of the world. “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?” the actor said back in 2020. “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.”

Barney the Dinosaur has become an iconic symbol of childhood ever since the series Barney & Friends aired on PBS began in 1992. Aimed at children aged 1 to 5, the show centers on the title character Barney, a big, friendly, purple dinosaur who conveys educational messages through songs and small dance routines with an upbeat, optimistic attitude. It seems that Daniel Kaluuya’s Barney movie will take a different approach to the material, scrutinizing the purple dinosaur and his false, simple messages about life.

If nothing else, it certainly sounds like an intriguing idea.

Before Tackling Barney, Daniel Kaluuya Will First Battle Aliens in Nope

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Before taking a darkly analytical eye to Barney the Dinosaur, Daniel Kaluuya will first reunite with director Jordan Peele for Nope. Written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions, and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Nope follows siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood as they attempt to use the presence of the U.F.O. to make some money and save their ranch. Setting out to capture the U.F.O. on film and perhaps save their ranch from closing down, the aliens inhabiting the UFO do not take kindly to being caught on camera, deciding to torture the Haywoods and the rest of the town as punishment.

Nope is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2022, by Universal Pictures.