I thought it was a joke a year ago when rumours surfaced of German toymaker the Brandstätter Group jumping on the Lego Movie bandwagon by planning a Playmobil Movie. Unfortunately, the dead-shark-eyed plastic figures whose heads open when you take their wigs off are in fact coming to a multiplex near you. Balls.
Tentatively titled Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, the film has officially entered production with Cross Creek Pictures, ON Entertainment and Pathe. Bob Persichetti (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2) is writing and directing the film, alongside most of the team from ON that produced this year’s CGI animated feature The Little Prince. Dimitri Rassam of ON had this to say:
“Following The Little Prince, we’re proud to bring a new cultural icon to the screen. These figurines have sparked the imagination and creativity of generations of kids worldwide. We are very excited to work with Bob on creating a great adventure in the world of Playmobil.”
Apparently this will be the first film in an ongoing franchise intended to wring money out of unwitting parents. And presumably opening the floodgates to a veritable tsunami of films based on toys that really shouldn’t have movies made of them. Look, The Lego Movie was an interesting one-off, something that transcended its frankly weird origins. Does the world really need to see a Mechano Movie? A K’nex Movie? Hornby Train Sets: The Movie? Hell’s donkeys…
Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels is scheduled for a 2017 release. Be still my beating heart.
Source: Coming Soon