Mattel Movies says their horror comedy film based mostly on the Magic 8 Ball toy might be aiming for a PG-13 score
Just a few weeks in the past, within the build-up to the discharge of the Mattel Movies manufacturing Barbie (learn our overview HERE), The New Yorker revealed an article about the truth that Mattel is “raiding its complete toybox” to search out merchandise to show into motion pictures – for instance, J.J. Abrams is engaged on Scorching Wheels, Vin Diesel is plotting Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Daniel Kaluuya is making a Barney film, Tom Hanks will star in Main Matt Mason (creator Michael Chabon has written the remedy), a script is being written for American Lady, and so forth. From that article, we realized that Cocaine Bear screenwriter Jimmy Warden has been writing a horror comedy impressed by Mattel’s toy Magic 8 Ball. Sure, the ball that you just ask questions after which flip over to see which of twenty attainable solutions you would possibly get. Now Selection has put collectively an article the place Mattel offers info on their upcoming tasks – and in that article, Robbie Brenner, the top of Mattel Movies, says the Magic 8 Ball film will “most likely be a PG-13 thriller.”
That is no shock, as Mattel Movies has promised that none of their motion pictures might be rated R. Brenner beforehand advised The New Yorker that whereas the Magic 8 Ball script “walks the road a little bit bit“, they’re not going to “make something that feels violent, or that’s alienating to households. We need to keep throughout the parameters of what Mattel is.“
The Magic 8 Ball film was first introduced 4 years in the past, and on the time it was stated that Blumhouse Productions and director Jeff Wadlow (Reality or Dare, Fantasy Island) had been teaming as much as make the movie. Wadlow was engaged on the screenplay along with his Reality or Dare and Fantasy Island collaborators Jillian Jacobs and Christopher Roach. It’s not clear whether or not or not Blumhouse or Wadlow are nonetheless concerned, but it surely appears like no matter they got here up with in 2019 has been put aside in favor of the Warden draft.
When the venture was first introduced, Brenner stated, “Because the Fifties, Magic 8 Ball has impressed creativeness, suspense and intrigue throughout generations. This iconic toy has a built-in reference to followers and untapped potential for storytelling.“
We’ll have to attend and see if a PG-13 thriller / horror comedy impressed the Magic 8 Ball can become a great film. Even when it does, it’s most likely not destined to be the type of popular culture sensation Barbie has develop into. However whereas we wait to see the way it goes with the film, the Magic 8 Ball toy itself is in inventory on Amazon.