Yesterday, Deadline Hollywood reported that Hasbro Studios has hired someone to be Head of Development in the toymaker’s entertainment division.
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Feldman, formerly of Genre Films, has joined the entertainment division of Hasbro Studios in a newly-created position of head of development. The move comes off the crazy success of Transformers: Age of Extinction and as the entertainment division of Hasbro continues to strengthen its brand as a force to be reckoned with. It’s currently in development on a number of properties based on their toy and game line (all of which it will also produce) — Transformers Universe and G.I. Joe 3 at Paramount, Candy Land at Sony, and both Ouija and Jem and the Holograms at Universal Pictures. Candy Land and Ouija are based on the popular board games that has spanned generations.
This appointment was easily my favorite industry news of the day. At the moment, it only amounts to a bit of studio shuffling. But, if a Ouija movie is already in development, one can only imagine what other iconic — and not so iconic — Hasbro toys will eventually find their way to the silver screen.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
In this age of Sharknado and Mega Piranha, a movie about ravenous hippopotamuses might actually seem a little tame. But what if they are hyper-intelligent hippos striving to survive and carve out a place in an ecosystem dominated by marble-hoarding humans?
This boy-centric toy bares a noticeable resemblance to The Transformers, but that’s not necessarily a drawback. Once Michael Bay’s multi-story robot formula gets stale (like now), a Transformers meets M.A.S.K. feature face-off could be epic.
How this isn’t already a blockbuster franchise, I have no idea.
Easy Bake Oven
Cooking shows are all the rage now, as are films about chefs. Hell, this could even be a documentary about how the industrialization of the food industry has affected children. Okay, we’re just spitballing here.
I love this toy, but I have no idea what this movie would be about. Hacking, maybe? I definitely see something like a hybrid of The Lego Movie and Tron.
And, before you ask, yes, they have tried it: