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HOT WHEELS (2018): Justin Lin Attached To Direct

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Justin Lin Takes Over As Director On Hot Wheels

Fast and Furious director Justin Lin is set to direct, develop, and produce a film based on Mattel’s Hot Wheels franchise.

Lin’s involvement with the movie also signals a major change of direction for it. Set to go into production back in 2003, the project stalled for over 10 years until Lin and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company entered the picture. At one point, McG of Terminator: Salvation fame was set to direct, but plans fell through for the film at the time:

“Hot Wheels” are among the world’s most recognizable toys; the miniature cars and their zany tracks have been a fixture of playrooms for decades. Mattel claims that “it is the best selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion toy cars produced since 1968.” The cars are as popular today as they were nearly 50 years ago. The company manufactures “nine million cars every week and sells ten every second.”

“Hot Wheels” is in the very early stages of development and won’t be Lin’s next film. His production company is working on a number of properties, including ‘Space Jam 2’ and four television projects.

Mattel has been very active in Hollywood, too, with live-action films based on “Barbie,” “Masters of the Universe” and “Monsters High” currently in development. “Max Steel,” based on the company’s line of popular action figures, opens on October 14.

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