Do you want to relive the good old days of your childhood when cereal boxes came with actual prizes (and so did Cracker Jacks)? Do you long for the days when toys were made from die-cast metal instead of cheap plastic? Well, if so, you’re in luck! Profiles in History are holding the first in a series of auctions to sell off the vintage toy collection of the massive Dreier Collection. Among those items up for bidding are PEZ Dispensers, Hot Wheels individual cars and collections from the 1970s, early G.I. Joe action figures (featuring Japanese Imperial Soldiers and French Resistance Fighters, I might add) and loads of cereal box-related toys. Hit the jump to see how you can land yourself some good old fashioned nostalgia!
If you’re going to make a blockbuster, why worry about silly little things like plot and characters when the real moneymaker is the merchandise? That’s the most important part of the whole filmmaking process, right? Okay, so that’s not exactly the way movie fans may like to look at tentpole productions, but it is sadly the type of thinking that’s gotten us three Transformers movies, a G.I. Joe picture, a possible Monopoly film (it certainly hasn’t hurt the massive influx of superhero projects either).
Very, very soon, it could be this type of thinking that will get us a Hot Wheels movie as well. That’s right, the little metal cars of your yourth could be coming to the big screen. Legendary Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Mattel to buy up the big screen rights to the toy cars for a blockbuster that would be released through Legendary’s base, Warner Bros. It’s hardly the first time someone has tried to produce a Hot Wheels movie, but considering that the company openly plans to capitalize on the success of Universal’s Fast Five and target the teen/immature adult market, it seems frighteningly close to becoming a reality. Hit the jump for more details.
Last week I got to visit the set of The Apparition – which stars Sebastian Stan and Ashley Greene. While we’re embargoed from writing about the set visit (for now), we’ve been given permission to run parts of our interviews that don’t pertain to the film. Since producer Alex Heineman is involved in other projects as he works for Joel Silver, we got updates on Hot Wheels, Logan’s Run, and Sherlock Holmes 2.
While the updates are brief, the important thing to take away from this article is when I asked Heineman what else he’s working on, he said they’re really focused on Hot Wheels and Logan’s Run. While I knew Hot Wheels was moving forward, I didn’t realize Logan’s Run was such a priority at Silver Pictures. He went on to say they’re trying to find the right director for Logan’s Run, which means while it’s a priority, it’s not that close to being in front of the cameras. Hit the jump for exactly what he said: