Can’t get enough movies that exist for no reason other than as a framework for car chases and as a way to promote a brand name? Then boy do I have some good news for you. Legendary Pictures is close to signing a deal with Mattel for the rights to make a Hot Wheels feature film. Yeah, that’s right, you’re remembering Hot Wheels correctly. They’re little cars that kids play with, replicas of real cars in most cases. So, essentially, Legendary Pictures is spending money on licensing the rights to a film that’s sole concept is “cars”.
This isn’t the first time that somebody has tried to get a Hot Wheels movie in the works, oh no. Apparently back in 2003 Columbia was trying to get one made with McG in the director’s chair. We can all breath a sigh of relief that never happened. Recently the project has been stalled out over at Warner Bros., who was trying to get it made along with Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures. That plan never came to fruition though. And seeing as Legendary Pictures is a part of Warner Bros. as well, just color me confused as to how all of the intricacies of these rights wars and developmental processes go. Word has it that other big name producers have been vying for the rights to the film alongside Legendary. Lorenzo di Bonaventura has taken a stab at a Hot Wheels movie, and that should come as no surprise as he’s largely responsible for bringing us a couple of other 80s era toy films in Transformers and G.I. Joe. Even Joe Roth, who’s been focusing mostly on the fairy tale end of licensing entertainment with Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman was looking at it. But all of those people are out of luck. It’s Legendary who gets the privilege of making the movie about cars.
Can’t we just call the sixth Fast and the Furious movie Fast and the Furious 6: Hot Wheels and kill two birds with one stone?