Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin is exchanging the warp engines of the Enterprise and speedy cars of the Fast & Furious movie franchise for even more cars with Mattel’s Hot Wheels.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lin has been tapped to develop, direct and produce a movie based on Mattel’s highly popular car toy line, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner, for Legendary. Not only that, but Lin and Perfect Storm will also have the option to co-finance the movie.
It’s been a long cinematic road for Mattel’s best-selling toy -- the toy giant claims that more than 5 billion cars have been produced since 1968, with 9 million being made each week and 10 cars sold every second. Various versions have been in the works since 2003, with McG attached to direct and produce for Columbia, before Joel Silver and Warner Bros. got their hands on the wheel. Simon Crane came on board in 2013 to sit in the driver’s seat when Legendary nabbed the rights to the movie in the early 2010s, but the project had been floating in the ether since 2014.
Until now. And the hunt will now be on for a writer to pen a new script for the movie, and since it’s very early days for the project, aka it's only in the early stages of development, we’re told Hot Wheels won’t be the next movie on Justin Lin’s roster.
Hot Wheels is not the only hot Mattel property heading to the big screen. Max Steel (based on the action figures) is slated to open on Oct. 14, while Masters of the Universe and Barbie are in the works at Sony, with Monster High set up at Universal. Mattel is following in the footsteps of its rival toy company Hasbro, who already has the Hasbro Cinematic Universe (which includes G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM) set up at Paramount Studios.
Do you think Justin Lin is the right man to bring Mattel’s Hot Wheels to the big screen?