I have to admit, this next news story reeks of a prank, especially when it’s coming one day after the announcement of an Asteroids movie. Then again, I guess that should make this even more believable. According to Coming Soon, Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane will be penning the script for a feature film based on another popular retro toy: the View-Master. He announced the project via his Twitter account back on Tuesday of this week.
According to Kane, the movie is being set up at Dreamworks and produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. He also says it will be “like the old 80’s Amblin movies: Goonies, Young Sherlock… In that vein.” For those who don’t remember, the View-Master is a toy that uses paper disks to view stereoscopic 3-D images. Apparently it’s been around since 1939, but I clearly remember having one when I was a kid in the ’80s. So, how exactly will this serve as the inspiration for a family adventure film? Your guess is as good as mine. When it comes to movies based on board games or toys, Jumanji is the only thing that comes to mind. Either way, Kane’s going to have a lot of freedom to do whatever he wants with it. What do you think… is this idea just kinda stupid or completely idiotic?