Justin Lin to direct Hot Wheels movie for Mattel and Legendary
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 September 2016
'Star Trek Beyond' filmmaker Justin Lin has been appointed as a director for a potential 'Hot Wheels' movie for Mattel Entertainment and Legendary Pictures
Justin Lin is to direct a 'Hot Wheels' movie for Mattel Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.
The 'Star Trek and Beyond' director has been drafted in by the famed toy company and production studios, who've teamed up to make a movie about the popular kids toy car line.
A writer is yet to be assigned to the project and as far as anyone knows, a plot for the movie has not been decided, however, Mattel - the multinational toy manufacturer founded in 1945 - have given the green light to 15 film adaptations about their products with most of those centred on their Barbie franchise.
Hot Wheels cars were first released in 1968 and he line has spawned related video games.
Justin - who made the "Fast and Furious" franchise into a worldwide phenomenon is signed on to direct a 'Warrior' TV series inspired by Bruce Lee and a possible 'Space Jam' sequel.
But first the 44-year-old director will give his full attention to his big screen adaptation of the Manga comic book story 'Lone Wolf and Cub' set in his native Japan and hopes to have an all-Asian cast
Lin said: "For the last year and a half I've been on this 'Star Trek' detour, the greatest detour of my career. But I'm excited because 'Lone Wolf and Cub' is one of many projects that I can't wait to go back and revisit in the next two weeks when we're done with all the press."
He added: "Five-to-10 years ago, they would have wanted Keanu Reeves to play the dad ... I think the cool thing about it is that filmmaking has gone global. There's many ways to make a movie and I think Hollywood has to evolve."