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.
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
Hollywood is broken.
simple simon on Jul 3, 2009
I'm fairly certain this is one of the signs the end is near
Tether on Jul 3, 2009
i'm sure someone has ideas somewhere in hollywood. I hope.
brou on Jul 3, 2009
This is so sad. Hollywood, what the hell are you doing? Coming soon: "Lampshade: The movie".
Jojo on Jul 3, 2009
2012 is coming!!! Maybe on December 21st they'll announce an original amazing movie!?! Call me hopeful, but I could see a movie based around the idea of the viewmaster but more sci-fi in that there's an object that lets you see the future or other dimensions or something like that. Really has nothing to do with the viewmaster but you get it Would be a great kids movie if it took them to a fantasy world. There's plenty of ideas really oppose to asteroids in which...ya shoot asteroids. Cool explosions for 90mins...meh.
w00t!!! on Jul 3, 2009
With two of the hottest writers in Hollywood helming this it could turn out pretty good...or maybe Orci and Kurtzmann just need a paycheck (though with Star Trek I seriously doubt that).
peloquin on Jul 3, 2009
what....the....fuck. Okay, so I've decided to become a pitchman for hollywood. Let's see what I have in the box o' toys. Oooh, here we go. Barrel of Monkeys: The Movie Tagline: We're all in this together Pick-up Stix: The Movie Tagline: One Man. Two Sticks. One Giant Mess. Ker-Plunk: The Movie Tagline: Ker-Plunk your ass in the seat and watch this crappy nostalgia movie. Connect Four: The Movie Tagline: Because Connect 3 just won't do Play-Doh: The Movie (Horror) Tagline: Don't you DARE leave the cap off! Easy Bake Oven: The Movie Tagline: Follow the Light (bulb to fresh baked goodness) Okay, that's enough for me. I leave it up to you to pick up where I left off. Cheers, Derek M http://www.dlmentertainment.com
DLM Entertainment on Jul 3, 2009
mmmkay.....I'd like to see a blockbuster about a asthma inhaler, you know, the one with the gas, for kids!
David Banner on Jul 3, 2009
an asthma inhaler*
David Banner on Jul 3, 2009
...and here's a link to youtube about asthma inhalers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHcG8DXUwdQ I think there's a BIG potential here for a series of 3-4 maybe even 9 blockbusters
David Banner on Jul 3, 2009
Viewmaster certainly needs a boost at the moment - I know John Lasseter's a big fan. I'd love to see this happen just to reboot the popularity of 3D toys. I'm also sorta tempted by the idea of a Ker-plunk movie... Maybe they could do Cluedo, no wait....
Mark Hodgson on Jul 3, 2009
Tops: The Movie Tagline: You spin me right round baby Hotweel's: The Movie Tagline: weelin a way!... to a theater near you" Lego: The Epic Movie Saga Part 1 Cheesy Trailer lines :in a world where every thing is breakable, in a time where anything is buildable, one man will create the unimaginable, and set forth on a journey across the carpet" Koosh balls: The Movie Tagline: ...Koosh.......Balls? Tops: The Second Spinning Tagline: ...right round Crayola Crayons Cheesy Trailer Line: "in a world of black and white, one man... will... color" Next =D _____________________________________________________________________________ this sucks, i was really hoping for no more nostalgic toy movies...
DoomCanoe on Jul 3, 2009
Wow, bet that is going to be one BORING movie! RT http://www.anonymize.tk
JOhnny MAck on Jul 3, 2009
heres what i'm thinking... kids find a magically disc, put it into a viewmaster, mysteriously get transported into another world... and hilarity ensues
Rick on Jul 3, 2009
Coming soon new boring writer "Brad Caleb Kane "
Avenir labs on Jul 4, 2009
he is a liar. come on i dont believe it.
mdeals on Jul 4, 2009
"I'd like to see a blockbuster about an asthma inhaler" They already did one, it was the main hero in Stephen King's IT. Ironically, it sucked hard.
ClickHereDummy on Jul 5, 2009
Hollywood is broken. this is true. I dont know how but this will be cool. It may be a wolf trapped in sheeps clothing. Do a little homework before you spew hate. Brad Kane had one of the most well reviewed spec scripts called "These City Walls" selected for the "black list" (Hollywood insiders favorite scripts that will never get made because the are not commercial enough). Star Trek and Fringe dont suck either. The bottom line is writers in hollwood work with mega-companies to get big movies made and marketed. Even with that baggage (product placement-tie in) these guys will find a way to make something very entertaining. People are hoping this will be an abject failure and thus studios will go back to making original stories...don't hold your breath. These guys will probably make it pretty effin cool popcorn flick. Dont hate the players, don't hate the game, make your own film, book, toy, comic or at least support true indie films if you want to see more of that.
flyingdutch808 on Oct 8, 2009
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