Live-Action ‘Hot Wheels’ Film Adaptation on the Fast Track


Deadline reports that Mattel is putting gas in the tank of its Warner Bros-Bad Robot movie Hot Wheels with writers Dalton Leeb and Nicholas Jacobson-Larson boarding to pen the live-action adaptation of the 54-year old racecar toys.

Robbie Brenner, EP for Mattel Films, will lead the project alongside VP Kevin McKeon, VP and creative executive Andrew Scannell. Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen are overseeing for Bad Robot.


Peter Dodd, SVP of Warner Bros Production, is overseeing the project for the studio.

In addition to Hot Wheels, the Mattel Films development slate features movies based on American Girl, Barney, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Matchbox, Masters of the Universe, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, Uno, View-Master and Wish Bone. Mattel Films is also developing Christmas Balloon based on all-new IP, and the Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will hit theaters July 21.


The Hot Wheels animated series, which ran from 1969 to 1971, featured the characters from the toy line and followed their adventures on a magical island called Hot Wheels City. In 2011, a new animated series called Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 was released and ran for two seasons. The show followed a group of teenage drivers who must defend the Earth from an alien invasion using their high-tech vehicles.



In 2018, a Netflix series called Hot Wheels: Race to Win was released, which followed a group of friends as they compete in races and try to become the best Hot Wheels racers in the world.


The live-action Hot Wheels movie doesn’t yet have a release date set on the board.

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Mandy Parker

From a long line, family of geeks, author of several unpublished geek girl books, writer for @BleedingFool. Recovering Game of Thrones fan, life-time Tolkien fan.