Mattel Entertainment and Legendary are now teaming up for a Hot Wheels movie in earnest. The toy car icon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2018, so I’d be surprised if they weren’t aiming for a well-timed release date.
Since 2011, Legendary was in talks to acquire the movie rights from Mattel. Since then, the project has seen such names as McG and Simon Crane temporarily occupy the director’s chair, but Justin Lin is the name of the game today. Via THR, Lin “has closed a deal to develop, direct and produce, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, a feature based on popular car toyline from Mattel.”
Lin just closed out Star Trek Beyond for Paramount earlier this year and is next looking forward to helming the possible Space Jam sequel to name just two. Lin has experience having directed the third through sixth installments of the Fast and Furious series, so he might actually be able to make a Hot Wheels film work where others like Need for Speed failed. Meanwhile, Mattel Entertainment also has the upcoming movie projects Masters of the Universe and Barbie at Sony, and Monster High set up at Universal.
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