Toys and board games are equating to surprising box office results when it comes to big-screen films. The Transformers films have been performing notably well over the years, with the most recent entry, Age of Extinction, clearing over a billion dollars worldwide. And this weekend’s debut of Ouija, co-produced by Hasbro, brought in $19 million.
Now, several Hollywood studios are hopping on board for new projects based on toys, as reported by Variety. The following projects are in the works, though no release date has been given for them yet:
Barbie: The popular doll line will soon see a release in film format, in a partnership between Mattel and Sony Pictures. The live-action film will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.
Candy Land: Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production team will bring this board game to life for a film, with Sandler also set to star.
G.I. Joe: A third installment is in the works, following a $132 million debut of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It will be directed by the same man behind Retaliation, Jon M. Chu, though no cast have been confirmed yet.
He-Man: The muscular intergalactic hero will return in a new production being worked on by producer Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Hopefully it’ll be better than the hammy 80’s film Masters of the Universe.
Hungry Hungry Hippos: Emmett/Furia Films are producing a feature based on the popular multiplayer effort, where hippos try to eat as many marbles as possible.
Monopoly: Emmett/Furia Films is also hard at work on a Monopoly feature, with Sony and Ridley Scott co-attached. Production could begin next summer.
Monster High: Universal has a live-action film being planned around this popular toy line, featuring several “spooky” girls in their high school years.
Stretch Armstrong: Universal is supposedly working on a big-screen treatment for this stretchy star, with Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner reportedly attached.
It’ll be interesting to see how these films pan out in the years ahead – and if they can even come remotely close to Transformers’ success.