‘Erector Set’ Movie On The Way

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:38 am,

Erector Set movie Erector Set Movie On The Way

Countless toys and board games from Hasbro are in the works – from Candyland to Battleship – but it looks like Meccano is getting in on the action with a movie based on its Erector Set line of construction toys.

Yes, you read that right…

The news comes from a press release that provides details on the Erector Set movie: An exclusive partnership has been struck between Meccano Toy Company and independent production company, Helix Films, to develop a 3D feature version of the popular Erector Set toy. In case you’re from somewhere other than the U.S., you may know the construction toy as simply “Meccano.”

Perhaps you were one of those kids who played with toy guns and soldiers and didn’t bother with building stuff, so here’s basically what an Erector Set is: it features an array of re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. It’s hugely popular, being sold in almost 100 different countries. This will mark the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to any of its toys.

The Santa Monica-based Helix is developing a script for a 3D (what a surprise…) fantasy/adventure film based on the Erector Set toy line, with eyes on a franchise that could extend into other mediums like TV and video games. In this day and age that sort of thing is pretty much inevitable, no?

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Here’s what business exec for Helix, Steven Charles-Jaffe, said about the partnership with Meccano:

“The three partners of Helix Films all grew up playing with Erector Set toys but in different countries—Kevin Foo in Australia, Gaukhar Noortas in Kazakhstan and me and my brother Robert in the U.S.—so our partnership with Meccano is very personal, as well as exciting… We believe the iconic Erector brand offers generational appeal with global reach, providing a tremendous platform to create a thrilling film franchise that boys, girls and adults will all adore.”

I’d like to think that Hollywood has run out of toys and board games to liscence for movies but it appears the trend continues, full steam ahead. Erector Set (us Brits know it as Meccano) is not the first toy line that jumps to mind when thinking about toys suited for the big screen – and, as is mostly the case with these adaptations, it appears they’re just using the brand idea (the name I reckon they’ll change for obvious reasons… icon smile Erector Set Movie On The Way ) because it’s a known property. It’s not as if there’s a story there that  they can literally translate, so it boils down to making one up. In that case what’s the point of it being based on the Erector Set?

Do you think making a movie based on Erector Set can work? Are you surprised they’re reaching this far for ideas?

More on the Erector Set movie when news comes out.

Source: THR (hat tip to /Film)

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  1. The tea leaves tell all: an unholy mashup of Robots, Cars, Transformers, Wall-E and Toy Story. The hero will be called Axel. He will have to “build bridges” between himself and a female character. Who will be called Gerda. Samuel L Jackson will be the voice of the villain. The songs will be by Randy Newman.

  2. The only thing I can say to this is…….WHAT?! Is Hollywood really out of ORIGINAL ideas or are they just being lazy. I'm going to go with being lazy, I mean come on, Candyland, Battleship, Viewfinder, and now THIS. I might very well stop watching movies because of this, it's good thing Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Thor, and Captain America are comming out within the next 2 years or I would be done with movies.

  3. Awww, puh-LEEEZE!

    What's next, Tinkertoy The Movie in Avatar-esque 3D?

  4. This will only work if it's a porno. “Erector The Set”. Giggidy.

  5. “In a move to counter Erector Sets move into the movie realm, Lego has announced production to begin this summer on their popular video game lines of movies already made, just using Legos.”

    There you go Lego, your press release already written for you.

  6. Oh, for F***'s sake….

  7. I'm okay with Jackson being in it if he drops the f-bomb every other word. At least that would be some expression of the abomination that this movie would be.

    I'm quietly still hoping plotless toy movies like this, Battleship, and Monopoly are still some big joke.

  8. They want to make a fantasy/adventure film out of Erector Set?? God, I thought Lego was a bad idea, but at least that has the colorful, kid-friendly angle working for it. I mean, what's this got, steel girders and a name few will actually recognize?

  9. Yeah, it's like we're trapped in some madman's nightmare at the moment. That Clue film from 1985 starts looking like The Godfather in retrospect compared with this current crop of demented nothingness. I'm just waiting for the next fresh hell: games console movies; ringtone movies…

  10. (insert erection joke here)

    This is just too easy to make fun of. How dumb are they?!? There's no storyline to the Erector Set… Nobody's gonna go for this.

  11. I dont know.. I remember “cutting” myself a few times on the metal edges… maybe the set comes to life after a serial killer accidentally cuts himself…. ok never mind.. just say no.

  12. (insert erection joke here)

    This is just too easy to make fun of. How dumb are they?!? There's no storyline to the Erector Set… Nobody's gonna go for this.

  13. I dont know.. I remember “cutting” myself a few times on the metal edges… maybe the set comes to life after a serial killer accidentally cuts himself…. ok never mind.. just say no.

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