There was a time, not long ago, when movies were based on books or comics or even original stories. But that time, apparently, has passed.
With the success of the Transformers franchise and with such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra on the horizon, movies now get developed based on the flimsiest of properties: toys (Stretch Armstrong), primitive video games (Asteroids) and now, it seems, rudimentary amusement devices:
The Hollywood Reporter says that DreamWorks wants to turn the Fisher-Price View-Master 3-D viewing toy into a feature film, to be developed by Transformers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
View-Master: The Movie.
Here's how the trade paper describes it:
DreamWorks is in negotiations to acquire movie rights to the toy from Mattel (which owns Fisher-Price) and has asked Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to do some Transformers-style magic on it.
Brad Caleb Kane, who worked as a writer-producer on the duo's Fox series Fringe, is on board to write the screenplay. Kurtzman and Orci would produce.
Story specifics are being kept under wraps, though Kane, who tweeted his involvement during the holiday weekend, said, "It'll be like the old '80s Amblin movies: Goonies, Young Sherlock ... in that vein." That post has been taken down. Amblin-style movies has been the modus operandi of the Kurtzman-Orci banner.
So ... how would this work, exactly? Would the View-Master itself be a thing of evil, a cursed object inhabited by the soul of a demon? Or would it be a talisman that allows an innocent child a glimpse into a magical world of fantasy? Or would it be a high-tech instrument from the future, cleverly disguised as a simple toy, which holds the key to reversing an impending invasion from Zeta Reticuli? Or better yet, a bomb designed to level the headquarters of DreamWorks? Stay tuned.