Robert Zemeckis to Direct Major Matt Mason Starring Tom Hanks

Ever since his Yellow Submarine remake was canceled earlier this year, Robert Zemeckis has been scrambling to find something new to direct. His name has been attached to a ton of projects as of late including the animated horror comedy How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, the underwater adventure Dark Falls, and the time travel thriller Replay. However, it appears that his next project may actually be none of the above, and instead will find him reteaming with Cast Away star Tom Hanks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zemeckis is in talks to direct Major Matt Mason, a 3D space adventure movie based on the popular 1960s toy line.

Like most of Zemeckis’ recent output, Major Matt Mason is being targeted for a family audience, but fortunately it won’t be another CG performance capture film like The Polar Express, Beowulf or A Christmas Carol. It will indeed be live action, with Tom Hanks donning a space suit for the first time since Apollo 13. A tentative budget has been set at approximately $100 million.

The problem, of course, is that this is another ridiculous toy-to-movie adaptation. Major Matt Mason was an action figure series produced by Mattel in the ’60s featuring a crew of astronauts who worked on the moon and fought against hostile aliens. A lot is riding on the quality of the script which Hanks wrote himself along with Graham Yost (Speed, Mission to Mars). What do you think, does a Major Matt Mason feature film have potential, and is it a good move for both Hanks and Zemeckis?

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  • I also read recently that Zemeckis is attached to direct Denzel Washington in Flight – about a pilot who rescues his passengers from a dangerous situation but who turns out not to be as heroic as he appears.

  • Tommy Retro

    Mattel’s MAJOR MATT MASON wasn’t an action-figure exactly, but a rubber bendy (kind of an astronaut shaped “Gumby”) that was placed into various vehicles that was last seen in the toy aisles back in 1969 and has been defunct ever since. Why on earth would they want to spend $100 Million on a film based on an obscure toy line that hasn’t been seen in over 40 years that nobody even remembers except a select handful of collectors? Is Hollywood becoming THAT desperate for ideas?