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Hot Wheels live action motion picture is coming to the big screen

by Susan and Simon Veness

Hot Wheels miniature cars have had their place in popular culture for 54 years, and now they’ll have their own movie.

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On April 25, 2022, J.J. Abram’s filmmaking company Bad Robot joined Warner Bros. Pictures in announcing a live-action motion picture starring the iconic racing car toy.

“As the global leader in car culture, Hot Wheels has been igniting the challenger spirit in auto enthusiasts for generations,” said Robbie Brenner, executive producer, Mattel Films. “Fans of all ages are now in for the ride of their lives with the incredible talent of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot joining us alongside Warner Bros. Pictures to transform Hot Wheels’ legendary IP into a thrilling story for the big screen.”

“Growing up, Hot Wheels were more than just cars, they were vehicles for our imaginations,” added Peter Dodd, vice president of production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Today, we at Warner Bros. are thrilled to bring that imagination to the big screen with Robbie Brenner and the creative team at Mattel, along with the ingenious minds of J.J. Abrams, Hannah Minghella, and the team at Bad Robot.”

Kevin McKeon, vice president, and Andrew Scannell, creative executive, will lead Mattel Films’ project, while Peter Dodd will take the lead for Warner Bros. Pictures. Hannah Minghella and John Cohen will oversee for Bad Robot.

“Before Hot Wheels became the global household name it is today, it was the dream of Elliot Handler, who was inventing and building toy cars at home in his Southern California garage,” said Minghella. “It’s that imagination, passion, and risk-taking spirit that we want to capture in this film.”

The concept for a Hot Wheels movie was previously announced in 2019. There is no further information on when the film will be released.

Two additional movies to watch for from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot are Netflix’s “Lou” starring Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett, and the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

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