Hollywood Officially Out of Ideas, Part MMXXI

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Clearly what the world needs is a live-action full length movie of Thomas the Tank Engine, but since the script was co-written by one of the guys behind the "Let's see if we can't get a little more cash out of what was once a decent concept" film Shrek the Third, I'm sure this won't be just an excuse to create another line of toys or anything, but a touching tribute to the bond between a father and his son.

You people didn't give a great children's film like The Iron Giant the attention it deserves, so now this is what we get. Thanks.

HIT Entertainment, rights holder to the Thomas the Tank Engine kiddie juggernaut, is moving forward with its first live action theatrical film. Shane Acker, who directed the 2009 animated film 9, will direct a film set in Sodor, the island of talking trains., where Thomas is among a litany of characters . Weta Workshop and Mattel's entertainment properties design team have joined the creative team, and the financing and distribution is being sold by Cinetic Media and the UTA Independent Film Group. the script was written by Chris Viscardi & Will McRobb. and Shrek the Third's Josh Klausner.

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"I'm a recent father, with a 20-month old daughter," he told Deadline. "We lead such busy lives in Hollywood, always running and hustling, but children tend to slow you down a bit and reconnect you with that inner world. It reinvents your imagination, seeing things through a child's eyes It was transformative for me and that is what inspired me about the possibilities here. The tale will revolve around a pre-teen boy who has drifted apart from his father. The son is introduced into this world of Sodor, a place his father visited as a child but can't remember. There is a bonding experience."

[HT: Pop Culture Brain]

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