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Posted: January 3rd, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Hot Wheels, Barbie, He-Man in DevelopmentSubmit Comment
Toy-makers like Hasbro and Mattel are digging deep into their collections in order to find a property that can be turned into a movie. While the names of these properties are recognizable, they come with very little built-in storylines and thus are left upto the filmmakers to decide which direction to take the story.

We've already seen DreamWorks see amazing results with "Transformers," while the 1985 film "Clue" fell flat at theaters.

Neither Hasbro nor the studios wasted any time setting up a "Transformers" sequel, and also greenlit a live action version of "GI Joe." Across town, Universal brokered an even bigger deal: An overall pact with Hasbro to turn Monopoly, Ouija, Battleship and Candy Land into pics.

Toy rival Mattel hopes its film projects will not only strike a chord with audiences at the megaplex, but also send toys flying off store shelves. The toymaker has several projects in development, based on new and archived brands, including:

* He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Set up at Warner Bros, Joel Silver is spearheading the live action version of the '80s action figures, scripted by Justin Marks, who's penned bigscreen versions of "Voltron," "Green Arrow" and "Street Fighter." It's finalizing a deal with a director.

* Hot Wheels: Also at WB, the actioner will feature the toy line's cars in a pic also to be produced by Silver from a script by Matt Nix (USA's "Burn Notice"). The project was once at Sony with McG at the helm before being put into turnaround after pics like "Stealth" crashed and burned.

* Barbie: A live action film will revolve around the iconic doll, with several filmmakers in contention to start development on the pic.

* Max Steel: A feature is in development about this line of action figures that incorporate elements of James Bond. The character, featured in a weekly animated TV series on Kids WB and Cartoon Network from 2000-03, targeted boys age 8-to-12 and has been featured in direct-to-DVD movies in Latin America.

There also are plans to revive the Magic 8-Ball, which was once in development at Universal as a romantic comedy with Tom Shadyac, and for a film version of 1960s action figures Major Matt Mason and the Men in Space.

Do any of these properties sound interesting?

Source: Variety


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coldplayesence writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 12:01:43 AM

f*ck No.
kidmerchantfourth5665 writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 12:25:28 AM

f*ck ya
minkowski writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 2:10:06 AM

Good god.
lokopr writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 10:27:28 AM

im all for He-Man...but a live action HOT WHEELS?? seriously WTF!!
RottenRoad writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 11:41:49 AM

Hopefully they can pull He-man off.
guitar_dudester91 writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 12:14:45 PM

They should do and Action Man one. Or a Centurians one. I always liked those. Maybe a Johnny Quest?
SuluNakamura writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 2:55:30 PM

I second that Johnny Quest.. haha
WV-Films writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 3:31:17 PM

How about a Barn Yard Commandos movie, or Super Naturals while they're at it.
minkowski writes:
on January 3rd, 2009 at 4:02:08 PM

Or Lego Movie. Or, Tinker Toys. Or Kleenex: The Movie.
MrSammich writes:
on January 4th, 2009 at 4:44:54 AM

Dang if they are going to make all action figures into movies... and dolls, I think they should find some room for Dino-Riders those toys were the sh*t and the show was pretty good too.
kevo10183 writes:
on January 4th, 2009 at 7:52:27 PM

haha kleenex the movie.... what about BraveStar or Visionaries or MASK

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