Variety reports that Tom Hanks & Playtone will develop a live-action movie based on the popular vintage toy “Matt Mason” from Mattel. Isn’t Tom sick of playing toys yet? Is he going to sign up for Stretch Armstrong next? Anyway, Graham Yost is set to write the script for Universal, who’s releasing the film. I can never turn down a Tom Hanks movie, so I’ll be sure to see this one when its released.
The toy line originated in 1966; Mason led an astronaut team that worked on the moon and lived in a space station. The toy was a hit in the buildup to the first manned moon mission. Mattel retired the line in the 1970s.
When Mattel execs Tim Kilpin and Barry Waldo came to Playtone for a meeting, they brought an arsenal of the Matt Mason figures. Hanks came armed with his own.
Waldo will serve as exec producer with Kilpin.