Mattel is moving forward with a live-action film adaptation of the “Hot Wheels” franchise at Warner Bros. Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
Dalton Leeb and Nicholas Jacobson-Larson have been hired to pen the film based on the 54-year old racecar toys billed as the “world’s leading vehicle franchise” with over 8 billion vehicles sold.
The film is dubbed a high-throttle actioner that will team up some of the world’’ hottest and sleekest cars, monster trucks and motorcycles.
This marks the latest attempt to bring the beloved IP to cinemas following well two decades of attempts with directors ranging from McG to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo linked at points.
Leeb and Jacobson-Larson recently sold the sci-fi spec “Endurance,” about a group of robots marooned on Mars who turn on one another, to Netflix in a multi-studio bidding war.
More recently they were hired to write “The Fall” for Amblin and Blackmaled Productions. Their script “Strongman,” a darkly comedic reimagining of the making of the original “Star Wars” trilogy through the eyes of English bodybuilder David Prowse, made the 2017 Black List.
Mattel Films has multiple projects in the works based on Mattel properties including “American Girl,” “Barney,” “Magic 8 Ball”, “Major Matt Mason,” “Matchbox,” “Masters of the Universe,” “Polly Pocket,” “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,” “Thomas & Friends,” “Uno,” “View-Master” and “Wish Bone” along with the upcoming “Barbie” movie opening in July.