Mattel is moving ahead with a live-action movie adaptation of Hot Wheels. Mattel Films recently announced that the movie will be handled by Warner Bros. in partnership with producer J.J. Abrams under his production studio Bad Robot.
As described in a press release (covered by The Verge), Mattel is finally getting serious about getting into the movie world by announcing a live-action Hot Wheels movie, lead by Warner Bros. and Abrams. The movie will apparently be a showcase of “some of the world’s hottest and sleekest cars, monster trucks and motorcycles.”
Mattel Films’ executive producer Robbie Brenner said:
“As the global leader in car culture, Hot Wheels has been igniting the challenger spirit in auto enthusiasts for generations. Fans of all ages are now in for the ride of their lives with the incredible talent of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot joining us alongside Warner Bros. Pictures to transform Hot Wheels’ legendary IP into a thrilling story for the big screen.”
Brenner stopped shy of mentioning any story details about the movie, though believes it all cater to a far broader range of the Hot Wheels fanbase.
Mattel Films have another live-action movie in the works based on one of their other properties. Barbie is an upcoming film from Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig with some big actors attached, including Margot Robbie as the titular character, Ryan Gosling as Ken, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Kate McKinnon and Sex Education‘s Emma Mackey. Talk about a stacked cast.
Mattel will likely populate the Hot Wheels movie with a star-studded cast too, though that’s probably further off than the Barbie movie which will release sometime this year. Some great talent behind the camera will have to be hired in order to pull off a movie about inanimate miniature cars.
Source: The Verge