Todd Haynes was interviewed for the June issue of Attitude (UK), and was asked if Superstar, his Karen Carpenter biopic with Barbie dolls, would ever get an official release. Was the problem with Mattel? Todd: "It was never Mattel who had the problem, it was always Richard Carpenter. And if you've ever heard him give interviews or talk about Karen Carpenter you can tell that there's such anger there. There's such resentment. I think he's angry that she died and took his career with her, when he thought he was always the talanted one and the one who generated it all. Anyway, we haven't revisited it from a legal standpoint to see if he would be more amenable. I should probably give it another try" Richard would never authorize the use of Carpenters music for Todd's film, even if Todd had legally sought the use of Carpenters songs from the outset.