Mattel And MGM Partner To Produce Live Action Film Based On View-Master Franchise

Someone over at Mattel is on drugs.

Or maybe they have to stop announcing every single movie idea they have.

Because this one?


Mattel, Inc. and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) have partnered to develop a live action motion picture based on Mattel’s classic toy line View-Master®.

For more than 75 years, generations of kids have been introduced to the wonder of 3-D by View-Master®. Named by TIME as one of the 100 All Time Greatest Toys in 2011 and inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, Mattel’s updated version of the classic toy brings the user experience to a whole new level of realism with View-Master® VR.

But guys…that doesn’t mean it needs a movie

Mattel Films and MGM will co-produce the film. Robbie Brenner, Mattel’s Head of Film and Cassidy Lange, MGM’s Co-President of Production will oversee production.

“Since the 1940’s, View-Master® has inspired wonder and joy in children of all ages, creating huge opportunities for storytelling,” said Ms. Brenner. “MGM Pictures has tremendous expertise and a proven track record in capturing audiences’ imagination through film, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring another Mattel franchise to theaters. This marks another important milestone as we transform Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”

“View-Master® was the first device that allowed families all over the world to escape their reality and take them places they never thought they could go. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Mattel to create a family adventure integrating the old school turn and click stereotypic device with the modern world of virtual reality,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group.

This is the second recent collaboration between Mattel Films and MGM, following the companies’ recent announcement to create a feature film based on the American Girl® brand. Mattel recently announced an upcoming Hot Wheels® live action motion picture and the Barbie® feature-film starring and co-produced by actress Margot Robbie, both in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. Mattel has also partnered with Sony Pictures for a reimagining of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s beloved toy line which became a successful animated television program.

Animated, guys. Animated. In the 80s– you can’t word it as if the idea for this movie in 2019 spawned a successful cartoon in the 80s. It’s phrased like you know it’s a bad idea.

So, what do you think a View-Master movie will be about? Do you think there’s merit to this idea? Give Toy Wizards your thoughts in the comments and get the conversation going!


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