‘Hot Wheels’ Film Finally Finds Director and New Screenwriter to Steer It

By October 18, 2013

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Every Hot Wheels car needs someone to steer it (or, alternately, to grasp the tiny car in their hands and make vrooming noises), and now the Hot Wheels movie is finally getting its very own director to do the necessary course corrections (or whatever) and even a screenwriter to chart the path.

The story will reportedly follow “a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars.” We don’t have any more details than that, but rest assured, there will be cars in it. Somewhere. Probably.

Variety reports that the team at Legendary has now lined up their filmmaking duo for their long-in-the-making feature, with Simon Crane on board to direct and Paul Attanasio to rewrite the script (as originally penned by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway). The film would be Crane’s first, though he is an experienced second unit director who most recently worked on World War Z and the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow. Attanasio has written plenty of stuff – from the new Scarface reboot to Quiz Show and Donnie Brasco.

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While we don’t have many details on the tone of the movie, one of the only things we do know is that, per Variety, “Legendary’s initial instinct was to market the film toward young men who were attracted to the Fast & Furious franchise — not the kids who would be playing with the toys.” That certainly doesn’t tell us much, but it does indicate that this will probably not be a kiddie flick. Oh, good.

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Kate Erbland
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