Hot Wheels Movie Gets a Director


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?

  • Bandit Manatee

    This actually seems like one of the less goofier toy movies in possible production. But I think it is a mistake to make it not aimed at kids. Hot Wheels is a toy line, and Disney has made a ton of money off of cars. It seems kids really like fast cars. I think they could fill a gap for a kids audience that is maybe too old for Cars but too young for Fast and Furious. Like a slightly more mature 8-12 range.

    Nobody over the age of 18 is going to be excited for a hot wheels movie.

  • Sam

    Seems odd with this, Gran Turismo and Need for Speed getting movies soon.

    Generic car movies that are going to some shoe-horn a plot in. Curious which one, if any, will actually be good or at least a success.

  • devolutionary

    If it was an animated film in the vain of Pixar’s Cars, then it would probaby have made sense to use their film rights a lot earlier than this. Oh well, I’m sure this F&F movie ‘vehicle’ will still net a profit.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    My interest in this movie will be based solely on whether they use practical effects for the car stunts and crashes or whether they stick to CGI. Yet to see a CGI pile up look convincing. I certainly don’t anticipate any kind of story pulling me in.

  • Claws Longtail

    The thing about Hot Wheels is the crazy loop de loop tracks. That could be awesome if they try to make it realistic.