Brad Caleb Kane Writing a Movie Based on View-Masters?!
And you thought that Asteroids movie was a far-fetched idea? ComingSoon has discovered that "Fringe" co-producer and writer Brad Caleb Kane will be writing a movie based on Fisher-Price's View-Master toy. If you don't know what that is, just check out that photo above to jog your memory, I'm sure you'll know exactly what they are. These little plastic gimmicks first came out in 1939 and are designed to allow people to see a photo in 3D simply by looking through the viewfinders. Kane later confirmed the news on his Twitter adding that, "it'll be like the old 80's Amblin movies: Goonies, Young Sherlock… In that vein."
Brad Caleb Kane is currently writing an alien script called Uprising for Sony and Wolfgang Petersen. After that, he will be moving onto this View-Master movie, which is being developed by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci over at DreamWorks. I don't really understand how this would work, in any way, shape, or form. Though after further consideration, the View-Master is such a classic toy by now that it's at a point where I wouldn't actually mind seeing it used for a movie, somehow. I mean, I had one of these when I was a kid, but haven't seen one in forever. It seems odd, but if they come up with a good idea, then why not.
A few people are confusing his current project, Uprising, with this new project, in that this View-Master movie will involve aliens. To entertain that idea, I could actually see something like that working, such as looking through the View-Master allows you to see them (a la They Live) or there is a special View-Master that contains some intergalactic map or something. But if it's not about aliens, then what about horror? He references Goonies, so probably not. So is it just a kids movie about a magical or whimsical View-Master that takes some kids on an adventure? If so, then you know what, that could actually be pretty damn fun.