Hot Wheels might get made into a movie. Sure! Why not?

Automobiles of all shapes and sizes are invading the multiplex. Next week, you’ll thrill to cars that talk in Cars 2: Cruise Control. Then, you’ll be positively astounded by cars that talk and walk in Transformers 3: Back 2 The Hood. But how’s this for a hot idea: Cars that… well, are cars. That’s the can’t-miss concept behind Hot Wheels: The Movie, which is a joke you probably would have laughed about back in 1981, and also an actual movie which very powerful companies are currently desperate to make. According to Variety, Legendary Pictures is negotiating with Mattel to get the rights to Hot Wheels, the series of toys beloved by generations of children who are too young for toys with any discernible traits beyond car-ness. The project is said to be “edgy,” which is a word the kids sure are tossing around a lot today according to adults.

All kidding aside, there is a great movie to be made out of the Hot Wheels franchise…but to find it, you have to reach back in the horrible pre-history of the toy line. I am speaking, of course, of the Farbs, a terrifying series of half-man/half-car hybrids that were intended to be goofy and have instead morphed into a horrific portrayal of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. Boy, what I wouldn’t give to watch a movie about the Farbs.

PopWatchers, do you think this project has potential prequel potential? What’s your elevator pitch for Hot Wheels: The Movie? Remember, “Alien Invasion” is already taken. Maybe a NASCAR event gets taken over by zombies, and somehow the zombies can drive, and thus car chases?

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  • Mr. Holloway

    I actually think this is a fantastic idea for a movie!

    They could get someone like Vin Diesel or Paul Walker and…oh.

    • She-Ra

      Oh yes! And they can get the director of “Easy Bake Oven,” right after he finishes with his next project, “Slinky.”

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    • Elizabeth

      With the stunts that they did at Indy 500 this year, I think they’ve already sketched out a premise: Four Racers compete against each other in unbelievable stunts. Throw in a Linkin Park tune and voila!

      • Bowgnarly

        Wow. I think you have something there.

  • tracy bluth

    How about a mash-up with Fast Six (come on, we all know it’s happening)

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  • deedeedragons

    Nah, they should make it more like Death Race, LOL.

  • In Brightest Day…


  • LOL

    Just more crap for the masses to waste money on.

  • DocRules

    Good sequel subtitles!

  • reece

    Okay…I can understand that there are a lot of Gen X-ers in pitching these ideas in Hollywood and trying to hang on to the last little bit of their childhood. A Hot Wheels Movie? Really? What’s next a Monchichi movie? A Pound Puppies Movie? Teddy Ruxpin: The Movie? Jem and the Holograms movie? Wait a Jem movie might actually be pretty good. Let’s get that one green lit…pronto!!

  • Pslightly Psycho

    Have screenwriters and movie studios lost every sense of originality??!! All these goddam* sequels, prequels, reboots, movies based on comic books, novels, amusement park rides, old TV shows and cartoons… And now THIS??!! With supposed big screen versions of CANDYLAND, CLUE, MONOPOLY, and VIEWMASTER (!!!) in the works, WTF is next??! SLINKY: SPRING INTO ACTION?! WEEBLE WOBBLES: THE DARK WEEBLE RISES(BUT IT STILL FALLS DOWN)?!

    • meme

      HAHA!! Your sarcasm and AWESOME movie titles make me wish that they were being made. “….The Dark Weeble Rises(But Still falls down)” LOVE. IT.

    • Alan

      Finally some more people with common sense. Not everything can be a great movie Hollywood.

    • tracy bluth

      “Weeble Wobbles: The Dark Webble Rises (But It Still Falls Down)”?? That is absolutely hilarious.

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  • Zeke

    I guess they couldn’t incorporate Matchbox into the fold.

  • Philip Anthony Rodriguez

    Hilarious! How ’bout Rubik’s Cube: Cube Your Enthusiasm??

  • Margarita

    Hey what happened to the Jem and the holograms movie? It has a great story, characters and the music is awesome. Come on it will be truly Outrageous.

  • Ed

    Actually in the late sixties, there was a one season, I think , Saturday morning cartoon show on ABC. DC Comics also produced a Hot wheels comic by the late great Alex Toth.

  • andy

    if the movie is like “two lane blacktop”,they would have a winner.

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