The co-writers and executive producers of the new Star Trek movie (and sequel) are adding yet another movie into their stable or production projects, and this one is yet another hard to believe adaptation. DreamWorks is now in talks for the rights to make a film based on the Fisher Price ViewMaster 3D Viewer toy, with Bob and Alex tapped to produce.
View-Master: The Motion Picture
The news of the ViewMaster movie comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which states that Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane will pen the script. It is hard to get one’s head around the concept of a movie based on the View-Master toy, and it makes the recent announcements of movie adaptations of TJ Hooker and the Asteroids Videogame seem much more plausible. Kane gave a bit of a hint of the direction for the film on Twitter over the weekend, saying he wants the movie to be "like the old ’80s Amblin movies: ‘Goonies,’ ‘Young Sherlock’ … in that vein", which is similar to comments made by Orci and Kurtzman regarding the movie about MMORPG players they are making with
Masi Oka (announced one month ago).
With Bob and Alex attached to three big movies from Summer 2009 (Star Trek, The Proposal, Transformers 2), they are quite the hot commodities these days. Right now they are coming off the Transformers 2 press tour and trying to finish up the script for the comic adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens, along with managing a number of projects in development and keeping an eye on Fringe (which is in production now). Hopefully they will be able to put all that aside when they (along with Damon Lindelof) dive into the Star Trek sequel script, which they say is their next focus after taking a break.
Trek & View-Master
Speaking of the View-Master, there is a Star Trek connection to the toy actually. Over the years there were actually five Star Trek adaptation ‘reels’ made for the View-Master: TOS "The Omega Glory", TAS "Yesteryear", Star Trek The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and TNG "A Matter of Honor." More details on View-Master and Trek at Memory Alpha and the Have Phaser, Will Travel blog.
Trek and View-Master
(Image: Have Phaser, Will Travel Blog)