“Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords” Director James Bobin Attached to “Action Man” Movie for Paramount Players


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’ Paramount Players is developing a movie based on Hasbro’s military toy line , a British counterpart to G.I. Joe, attaching James Bobin (Flight of the ConchordsThe Muppets) to direct. The screenplay is written by (Paddington 2) with Hasbro producing the film.

Represented by and Sloane Offer, Bobin cut his teeth writing and directing Sacha Baron Cohen’s Da Ali G Show before co-creating the show Flight of the Conchords. Disney hired Bobin to direct The Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Addams, as well as its sequel starring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais. Bobin also directed the Johnny Depp sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, which wasn’t received nearly as well as the Tim Burton-directed original. Apparently, he is intimately familiar with the Man toys, having grown up in England and played with them as a kid.

It’s definitely an interesting decision by Paramount and Hasbro to team up on another possible toy-based action franchise as they already have a number in development at Paramount. Although Paramount Players has mostly been veering towards science-fiction Man seems like it might be configured more as a family film based on Bobin’s past experience in that territory. Presumably the movie will do particularly well in England where the toys were so popular, and last year Hasbro released a new Man toy at London Toy Fair for the line’s 50th anniversary, presumably to remind the fans of the line’s existence.

Faranaby is represented by Independent Talent and Gallant .

Deadline initially reported on the project and Bobin’s attachment.

  | East Coast Editor

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