View Full Version : WTH: Hot Wheels: The Movie!?!?!?!

01-31-2003, 05:40 AM
Holy hell, please for the love of all that is holy, someone tell me that this is an elaborate joke. If this is true, my respect-o-meter for Hollywood just dropped like a rock. I saw this posted in the movie section, at HomeTheaterForum.com. :eek: :dead:


McG To Develop and Direct Film Based on the Popular Brand Which Turns 35 This Year!

(CULVER CITY, Calif., January 30, 2003) - Columbia Pictures has optioned exclusive motion picture rights to develop and produce a feature film based on Hot Wheels, the die-cast cars that revolutionized boys' toys with an original line of super-fast, customized cars built for speed, power and performance. The live-action feature film will be directed by McG (Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, "Fastlane") and produced by John Baldecchi (The Mexican) and Jason Hoffs.

Columbia Pictures President Peter Schlessel and producers John Baldecchi and Jason Hoffs will lead the plans for creating a film that highlights the emotional excitement and visceral experience of Hot Wheels. Andrea Giannetti, Columbia's Senior Vice President of Production, will oversee the development of the project, and on behalf of McG's Wonderland Productions, Stephanie Savage will serve as executive producer.

In making the announcement, Amy Pascal, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Columbia Pictures said, "Hot Wheels has had an enormous impact on pop culture for 35 years. Generations of families have grown up with these beloved cars and track sets. We could not be more thrilled and challenged by the opportunity to successfully translate the Hot Wheels brand into a feature film. The goal is to create a compelling human element with a dramatic focus that will take audiences on the ride of their life."

"We all grew up with Hot Wheels - it's one of the great, clean renowned brands of our generation," McG said. "We've been given the opportunity to bring to life a world inspired by color, adventure and velocity. We want to create a timeless story that will work for everyone - a charismatic young hero, great stakes and jeopardy, and a fantastic love story."

McG envisions Hot Wheels as a film that has, "all the warmth and humanity of your favorite James Dean movie with the state-of-the-art visual effects and the hottest collection of automobiles ever brought to the screen."

Hot Wheels®, which was introduced by Mattel in 1968, has sold more cars than the combined sales of Detroit's big three auto markers. It is estimated that 41 million adults have grown up "driving" Hot Wheels® cars since the product line was first introduced. There are approximately 15 million dedicated collectors of Hot Wheels® cars and Mattel estimates it sells six Hot Wheels® cars every second, three track sets every minute and 230 play sets per hour.

"Peter Schlessel, John Baldecchi, Jason Hoffs and McG understand Hot Wheels and have a passion for the brand. They came to us with a clear vision for interpreting Hot Wheels into a fast-paced, live-action motion picture," said Jim Wagner, Senior Vice President of Hot Wheels marketing.

The filmmakers are currently speaking with screenwriters to develop a high-octane screenplay that features a compelling storyline, immersed in the world of Hot Wheels.

"When dealing with a childhood image that has the universal appeal of Hot Wheels, you should proceed in a very deliberate yet innovative way," Schlessel said. "McG understands the extraordinary potential of this property and we know he can deliver on the suspense and adventure we expect. This is a property that we will 'fast track'."

"When we were kids, nothing was better than getting together with friends and laying down that incomparable orange track in the living room or backyard," said Hoffs and Baldecchi. "Hot Wheels is all about speed, power and performance with unrivaled attitude. It's a great fantasy world for kids and we can't wait to expand that universe to the big screen."

McG's feature film directorial debut, Charlie's Angels, boasts the biggest opening ever for a first-time director. The film debuted at #1 in the United States with more then $40 million at the box office. Starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, Charlie's Angels opened #1 in 31 territories internationally and grossed more than $250 million worldwide.

Through his production company Wonderland, McG and producing partner Stephanie Savage have a three-year, first-look deal with Columbia Pictures. The company also produces "Fastlane" for Fox Broadcasting Company. In addition to his film deal at Columbia, Wonderland has a two-year deal with Warner Bros. television.

McG recently wrapped principal photography on Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, with the three Angels (Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu) returning in their roles and Bernie Mac joining the team as Bosley. The sequel is scheduled to be released nationwide June 27, 2003.


Jar Jar Binks

James Boba Fettfield
01-31-2003, 07:38 AM
Car movies are dumb to begin with. Basing it on a brand name toy line won't help, either. That being said, they couldn't find a better director than McG, who is a moron, to helm this oh so original movie.

Rogue II
01-31-2003, 07:42 AM
You could look at it another way, there are several Hot Wheels video games. And we all know how good movies based off of video games are.

01-31-2003, 08:59 AM
I didn't think it would be possible to make a movie from something like that. I'm never going to go and watch it, and it'll probably be rubbish anyway, so they might as well use a lot of unnecessary CGI in it too :p!


Lord Malakite
01-31-2003, 10:29 AM
It will probably end up being the live action equivalent to Nascar Racers: The movie. The only differnce is that they will be riding in shark, dinosaur, and blimp cars past squids, turbo boosters, and track intersections.

01-31-2003, 12:42 PM
I see...... A huge plastic track with a loop in the middle and rubberband launchers. All with fast and the furious type cars and lets see... Some kind of psuedo- rock-rap fustion music in the background.

Eternal Padawan
01-31-2003, 01:22 PM
I can't wait to see the sets! Giant orange tracks with loops and stuff!

Mandalorian Candidat
01-31-2003, 01:25 PM

Patient Zero
01-31-2003, 01:35 PM
Hot Wheels: Gotta catch em' all! :(

01-31-2003, 01:43 PM
:confused: Yet another sign of the apocolypse.

Jackass:The Movie. . . Kangaroo Jack. . . Hot Wheels. . .

TV isn't any better with all these damn 'reality' shows, and 'creatures' like Anna Nicole getting air time. . .

We are all doomed. Let's just enjoy our Widevision versions of the Star Wars Saga until humanity's demise.

01-31-2003, 11:03 PM
I saw news of this on figures.com's forums and felt this has no hope but will be too big-budget to go straight to video.

Rogue II
02-01-2003, 12:57 AM
How big can the budget be? All they need is some of the orange track, a few "playsets," a bunch of cars, and a couple guys to make "vroooommmm!!!" sound effects. Shouldn't be more that a couple hundred bucks.:D ;)

02-01-2003, 10:47 AM
Well, at least the industry is one step closer to making my dream film, "Smash up Derby"....
OR "burnin key cars:the movie" that'd be good too....

Hey, no-one here has mentioned it, but in 68, there was to be a hot wheels t.v. show.... it was the attempt to make such a show that lead to those crazy FCC rules about shows with toy lines based on them being a bad idea.... that rule stood till the early 80's.....
There were several attempts to circumvent the ruling, such as basing toys on live-action adult shows and films (ring any bells??)

When the ruling got struck down, the floodgates opened, GIjoe, Transformers, Strawberry shortcake, you name it....

Anyone ever seen the original "hot wheels"?? I bet it's a scream!!!

Oh, and the movie WILL suck, for sure

02-01-2003, 11:09 AM

I'm waiting for the Matchbox Cars movie.


02-02-2003, 09:03 AM
Boy, Hollywood sure is getting desperate.

02-02-2003, 09:09 PM
I don't think you can say that until 2006's "Advil: The Movie" :D

02-03-2003, 07:37 PM
No I thought it started with the possibility of a Pac Man movie.

02-04-2003, 08:40 AM
Does anyone else think that, with developments like these, we're moving closer to a future like "Demolition Man", where commercial jingles have their own radio stations? Hot Wheels the Movie? What's next, will Barbie get her own talk show?

02-05-2003, 12:32 PM
What kinda crock is that? Hot Wheels the MOvie? Made my day for a good joke.