GI Joe Writers Room

In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.

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Monopoly Getting Its Own Big-Screen Origin Story

Monopoly

Hollywood loves toy movies and origin stories, so it was only a matter of time before someone had the genius idea to combine the two. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine) have put into development a movie about the origins of Monopoly, the smash hit board game that no one actually enjoys playing. (When’s the last time you sat through a game that didn’t end in exhaustion, tears, or a screaming match?)

This raises so many questions. Will this be a gritty origin story like Batman Begins, or a sympathetic retelling of Rich Uncle Pennybags’ humble origins a la Maleficent? Will it spark a whole Marvel-style shared universe with spinoffs for the wheelbarrow and the top hat? Will some healthy competition spur that other long-gestating Monopoly movie into action, or will one of them buy out the other with a stack of fake money?

But the answer, actually, is none of the above. Learn all about the Monopoly origins movie after the jump.  Read More »

Dino-Riders Movie Being Developed By Mattel?

Dino-Riders Movie

Is Mattel developing a big-screen adaptation of the popular Tyco toy line Dino-Riders, which launched in the late 1980’s?

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Masters Of The Universe

He-Man + Skeletor – Everything You Loved About The Toys and TV Show = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for the 1987 live-action He-Man movie Masters of the Universe.

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LEGO Rival Playmobil Announces Title of First Movie

Playmobil movie

In case you didn’t know, Danish toy company and LEGO rival Playmobil has been developing their own feature film in an effort to duplicate the success of Warner Bros. Animation’s hit The LEGO Movie, and the movie has just been given a title.

Playmobil’s first big screen venture will be called Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, and this is just the beginning of the toy company’s plans to bring their figures and playsets to movie theaters. Read More »

Transformers 5 shoot

The much-discussed Transformers writers room at Paramount has done its work, and there’s now a plan to move forward. That plan may be just a bit more limited than some expected; there is no giant slate of Transformers movies coming down the line. But there is a solid plan for Transformers 5, which Michael Bay will direct next year. (As solid a plan as there can be for a Transformers film, I guess.)

And the animated prequel movie is official. That one will indeed be an origin story focusing on the planet Cybertron. Read More »

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Tom Whalen's Masters of the Universe

If you grew up in the past half century, then your childhood was probably filled with toys made by Mattel. My childhood was filled with a ton of He-Man figures and those M.U.S.C.L.E. minis could be found all over my room. I always wanted the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Mattel Overboard from Back to the Future Part II and childhood me would probably be shocked at which one of those officially released Mattel products future-Peter ended up owning.

A new art show will be opening up at Gallery 1988 next week called Mattel: A Tribute To 70 Years Of Toys. The show, curated by artist Dave Perillo, is a small group show that features different artists take on some of Mattel Brand most iconic toys from over the past 70 years. Hit the jump to find out more, see some artwork from the show, and learn what great artists (such as Dave Perillo and Tom Whallen — yes, thats his kick-ass Masters of the Universe piece above) are involved.

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Barbie in Toy Story 2

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl WantsRio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JunoJennifer’s BodyYoung Adult)Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing.

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Transformers 5 writers

Yesterday Steven DeKnight, former showrunner on Daredevil and current member of Paramount’s Transformers writer’s room, told us about the arrival of the Punisher to the second season of Daredevil. Today he has talked to other outlets about the Transformers project, and his comments help us understand who’s doing what (such as Jeff Pinkner writing Transformers 5 with Akiva Goldsman) and how the whole system is laid out. Read More »