EL SEGUNDO, Calif., October 1, 2019 – Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), Paramount Pictures and Playtone today announced plans to develop a live-action motion picture based on Mattel’s beloved franchise Major Matt Mason®, which was first introduced in 1966. The movie will star Tom Hanks as Mattel’s “Man in Space.” Hanks, and his partner Gary Goetzman, will also produce the film through their Playtone production company.
Akiva Goldsman, Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award winner for the screenplay A Beautiful Mind, will write the script based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon. Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures is also one of the film’s producers.
“We have a unique opportunity to introduce Major Matt Mason to a new generation, and I can’t think of better partners than Tom Hanks, Playtone, Paramount and Akiva Goldsman,” said Robbie Brenner, executive producer, Mattel Films. “Major Matt Mason is a storied character who, 50 years later, has left a lasting impression on the baby boomers who grew up with him. This is a great example of how we can unlock our IP catalog to introduce classic characters to new audiences.”
“Major Matt Mason and his cohort provided me with endless hours of imaginative joy as a kid,” shared Goldsman. “I’m thrilled to work with all the good folks at Mattel, Paramount and Playtone to help bring him to life.”
The Major Matt Mason film marks the first theatrical collaboration between Mattel Films and Paramount Pictures. The film will join other Mattel Films projects in development including ones based on Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Masters of the Universe®, American Girl®, View Master® and Magic 8 Ball®.
Mattel is a leading global children’s entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and MEGA®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.