Skydance and Mattel to Develop Matchbox Live-Action Movie

Skydance and Mattel July 19 announced plans to develop Matchbox, its die-cast toy vehicle line, into a live-action motion picture.

The iconic Matchbox brand was invented in 1953 by automotive enthusiast Jack Odell to solve a challenge for his daughter, who was allowed to take a toy to school only if it was small enough to fit in a matchbox. When his daughter’s school friends began clamoring for a “matchbox car,” the brand was born. One Matchbox car is sold every second.

“For nearly 70 years, Matchbox has carried enormous cultural relevance and inspired generations of kids to unleash their imaginations, combining what they see in the world every day with what they dream their own world to be,” Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Skydance Media to craft a story for the big screen that evokes the same, imaginative spirit of this beloved Mattel franchise and delights fans of all ages.”

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Indeed, Skydance is coming off the hugely successful  Top Gun: Maverick with Paramount Pictures. The producer’s upcoming film slate includes the seventh and eighth installments of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, along with Ghosted and The Greatest Beer Run Ever for Apple TV+, and The Old Guard 2, Heart of Stone and a reimagining of the successful “Spy Kids” franchise for Netflix.

“We are thrilled to be working with Robbie Brenner and her amazing creative team at Mattel,” said Don Granger, president of feature films of Skydance. “There is a shared experience for everyone who has played with a Matchbox vehicle or playset, where they create their own inventive action sequence and we’re excited to craft a worldwide adventure film worthy of such imagination.”

For Mattel Films, the Matchbox project will be led by VP Elizabeth Bassin and creative executive Andrew Scannell. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Aimee Rivera will oversee for Skydance Media. The screenplay will be written by three-time Black Lister David Coggeshall, who wrote the upcoming Orphan: First Kill for Paramount, as well as Lee Daniels’s untitled Netflix possession thriller currently filming in Pittsburgh and drafts of Thundercats for Warner Bros. Pictures.

In addition to Matchbox, the Mattel Films development slate features movies for “American Girl,” “Barney,” “Hot Wheels,” “Magic 8 Ball,” “Major Matt Mason,” “Masters of the Universe,” “Polly Pocket,” “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,” “Thomas & Friends,” “UNO,” “View-Master” and “Wishbone.” Mattel Films is also developing Christmas Balloon, a holiday family drama based on all-new IP. Its Barbie movie is currently in production.

Animated ‘Luck’ Headed to Apple TV+ Aug. 5

 The animated adventure film Luck from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation will debut globally on Apple TV+ on Aug. 5.

Luck centers on the story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world. When she discovers the never-before-seen Land of Luck, Sam must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around. Eva Noblezada (“Hadestown,” “Miss Saigon,” “Yellow Rose”) will provide the voice for Sam. Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible, Ice Age, Star Trek Beyond) will provide the voice for Bob, a lucky black cat from the Land of Luck, where the Captain (voiced by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg) stands guard as the head of security. Bob becomes Sam’s partner in the quest to find a lucky penny in hopes of preserving his lucky life.

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Also joining is Flula Borg (Suicide Squad 2, Pitch Perfect, Trolls World Tour), who will provide the voice for Jeff the Unicorn, a larger-than-life facilities engineer who maintains the magical machine that distributes good and bad luck to the human world and who dreams of one day being reunited with his one true love, the CEO of Good Luck, the Dragon, voiced by two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda. Lil Rel Howery (Free Guy, Vacation Friends, Judas and the Black Messiah) will provide the voice for Marv, the owner of the Flowers & More store where Sam gets her first job.

 John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and David Eisenmann are producing for Skydance Animation.

Netflix Confirms Arnold Schwarzenegger Scripted Action Series

Netflix has formally announced its pick up of an untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger project, the first-ever television series from the veteran actor and former California governor.

The scripted global spy adventure hails from Skydance Television and Nick Santora stars, and will be executive produced by, Schwarzenegger, 73. The drama will play out across eight 60-minute episodes.

Skydance Television has a long-standing relationship with Schwarzenegger through films Terminator Genisys and Terminator: Dark Fate.

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When a father and daughter (played by Monica Barbaro of Top Gun: Maverick) learn they’ve each secretly been working as CIA operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.

“Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”