At long last, Hollywood magic may find a way to bring automobiles to the big screen.
According to Variety, Mattel has teamed with Warner Bros. for a live-action feature based on Hot Wheels, the iconic toy line based on the idea of cars small enough to drive across the back of a couch and that’s about it.
Whether this will actually happen is another story, though. Hot Wheels films have, inexplicably, been in development on-and-off since at least 2003. Back then, McG was at the miniature plastic wheel. Eight years later, the film was again in the works, without McG but then specifically “not targeted at the kids who buy Hot Wheels.” The adaptation only got further from its pointlessly straightforward source material when, in 2013, Legendary Pictures tried their own movie, reportedly focusing on “a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars.”
Sadly, it’s not yet clear whether the new attempt will draw from such beloved Hot Wheels canon.