Just when you thought the ridiculous Hollywood trend of basing blockbuster movies on toy lines was all but dead, Legendary Pictures is bringing it back with a vengeance. This week they’ve finally decided to make good on their threat of producing a movie based on Hot Wheels, the long-running line of Mattel toy cars. The project has been around for years with McG once attached to direct for Sony; Joel Silver was later set to produce it at Warner Brothers but the project stalled after Speed Racer bombed at the box office. Now the engines are revving once again as they have reportedly found an appropriate director to get behind the wheel. Hit the jump for more details.
According to a press release from Legendary Pictures, long-time stunt co-ordinator and second unit director Simon Crane will make his directorial debut with Hot Wheels. Earlier this summer it was rumoured that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was also under consideration for the job, but ultimately they went with Crane instead. They have also hired screenwriter Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, The Sum of All Fears) to rewrite the original draft penned by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man).
It’s easy to see why this property is suddenly being pursued by Hollywood since everyone and their brother is trying to replicate the success of the Fast & Furious franchise. It’s unclear if this project will stay at Warner Brothers or if Legendary will bring it to Universal (where the Fast franchise already lives). Either way, their intention is definitely to create an “edgier” movie aimed at an older audience as opposed to kids, but it has also been said this will be “more Mission: Impossible than Fast & Furious.” Do you have any interest in a Hot Wheels movie or is this just destined to become the next Battleship?