Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hollywood's Wave of Nostalgia: Pooh, Mulan...and Play Doh?

Hollywood has gone back to the toy store for it's latest project. We've already got "G.I. Joe," "Ouija," "Clue," and "Battleship." We've got movies based on Saturday morning cartoons ("Josie and the Pussycats," and the upcoming "Jem and the Holograms").

Now we may get another toy-based movie. Deadline is reporting that 20th century Fox studios is in talks with Hasbro to obtain the rights for a live-action Play Doh movie. Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "Heat," the new "Ghostbusters") wants to direct, with Jason Micallef writing. Hasbro will produce with Chernin Entertainment and Feig's production company, Feigco.

Capitalizing on the nostalgia wave, movies based on toys and old TV cartoons have been doing fairly well at the box-office - with the exception of "Battleship." But will this Play-Doh movie be able to continue the trend? I don't know about anyone else, but my best and favorite Play-Doh memory is the "Mr. Bill" segments from old SNL episodes. We'll see how this shapes up.

Speaking of live-action movies, Disney has yet another one in the planning stages. This time, it's Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin is all grown up, and he's going back to the woods. Disney has brought in indie film maker Alex Ross Perry to write the screenplay. Pooh joins "The Jungle Book," "Pete's Dragon," "Dumbo," and "Mulan" for planned live-action movies based on classic characters. Personally, I hope they use Kenny Loggin's song "Return to Pooh Corner" for the theme. Side note: Ming Na Wen's twitter was blown up by fans who want her to be a major character in the live-action "Mulan." Her response was basically (and enthusiastically), "I would love to have a role in it, let's tell Disney!"

Is Hollywood running out of original ideas? Or are they taking a financial risk by riding the wave of nostalgia all the way to the money beach? Tell us what you think in the comments!

*Reported by MalKontent Blizzard

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