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Thursday, August 2, 2007

It's Official: Hollywood Is Beyond Creatively Bankrupt

I have no words. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Mattel, which said in November it had no plans for any feature films, now said it is in talks with top Hollywood talent for theatrical releases about Barbie and Hot Wheels, whose movie option with Sony Pictures expired this year. A movie based on Mattel's 1980s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy line is in development at Warner Bros. Pictures, with Joel Silver attached to produce, sources close to the studio said.

"As a fellow toy company, we're thrilled with the success of 'Transformers,' " said Richard Dickson, Mattel Brands senior vp marketing, media and entertainment, worldwide. "Its success certainly has added momentum to the discussions that we've been having about our own properties being executed as theatrical releases."

Mattel is even discussing bringing some of its game and puzzle brands to life through entertainment; it's in talks with Hollywood partners to turn Magic 8 Ball (I.W. ??!) into a theatrical release and its popular Uno card game into a TV game show. Dickson said Mattel expects to announce an Uno TV game shortly and a new option for a Hot Wheels movie before year's end. Hasbro, repped in Hollywood by WMA, is in discussions with Paramount Pictures about a G.I. Joe movie produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and is considering films or TV shows for its Ouija Board, Candy Land, Clue, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly games.

From I.W.: *sigh*


wanda said...

lol. You sound so surprised.

justjudith said...

they're just greedy. they saw that transformers box office and they want in. what i don't get is how the magic 8 ball will get its own movie. LOL.

Debo Hobo said...

LOL :)

Jay Wilson said...

It was worth reading all of that Hollywood crap just to find out that GI JOE is in the works. C'mon....its GI JOE.

CapCity said...

& people wonder why i refuse to pay for cable & other moving images...LOL!

Wanda said...

i admit i am excited about GI Joe, but really Jay? The Magic 8 ball movie? the Uno game show. what is this 1975? I watch Card Sharks on GSN lol.

Invisible Woman said...

@capcity: I'm almost there myself @ Wanda, Jay, and JJ: The 8 ball was the straw that broke the camel's back. I don't want to know ANYTHING about even one of these films.

Noelani said...

I'm not suprised, either...but it's truly sad. Movie ticket prices are going up and the release of quality films is going down.

Invisible Woman said...

That's why I'm almost strictly DVD.

TM said...

Wait, what? How did this one get past me? Hot Wheels? No, for real, Hot Wheels?

They already made that movie. They called it "The Fast and the Furious," "2 Fast 2 Furious," and that other racing movie that was so unsuccessful that I never bothered to remember its name.