It seems like everyweel one of the Hollywood studios announces a new board game or toy movie adaptation that pushes the limits on believability. Some nights while I’m writing up news, I wonder if I’m actually a minor character in one of those Hollywood satires that paints Hollywood executives as bumbling idiots, trying to suck onto any idea that might have audience recognition and franchise potential.
I would like to believe that the studio execs are much smarter than these type of films make them out to be. In fact, I know that, for the most part, they are much smarter than that. But every night a new new story hits my screen. Another news story that seems dumber than the one from the previous week, previous month. Stretch Armstrong, Candyland, Monopoly, Battleship, Asteroids, and now a movie based on the Viewmaster?
Apparently Fringe co-producer/writer Brad Caleb Kane will be writing a movie based on the stereoscopic Viewmaster toy for Dreamworks. Created in 1939 as a way for money challenged tourists to enjoy 3D stereo-grams of colorful and picturesque locations from around the world, the Viewmaster was later marketed as a toy in the mid-1960’s.
Brad revealed the info on Twitter, saying that he is developing the script for Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and that the hope is for it to be in the vein of the old 1980’s Amblin movies like Goonies and Young Sherlock. No details on plot have been revealed. I would assume that the movie would probably be a 3D production since the sole purpose of the viewmaster device was to allow viewers to see images in three dimensions.
I’ll admit, it doesn’t sound quite as bad as you might initially think from the mention of “a movie based on the viewmaster”, but I still think Hollywood seriously needs to get off this toy adaptation kick soon. Also, I love the idea of Hollywood creating movie 80’s-style Amblin movies, but most of them so far have turned out like Race to Witch Mountain.
Note: Our original report mentioned that the project had something to do with aliens. We’ve since found out that is not the case.