Garbage Pail Kids May Be Headed Back To The Big Screen

If you were a kid in the ’80’s, you may have owned at least one Cabbage Patch Kid, and if your parents and school allowed it, you may have have had a lunch box covered with Garbage Pail Kids stickers. The gross-funny trading card/sticker fad, which parodied Cabbage Patch Kids, was also the source material for a movie starring Mackenzie Astin (younger brother to Sean). My memory of the 1987 film is rusty, but disappointment is the the automatic associated emotion. At the very least, despite recalling the “Smelly Kelly” Garbage Pail Kid with nostalgic fondness, unlike many other movies of my youth, I’ve felt no urge to revisit the film in my adult years. Perhaps I’m in the minority there, or else Hollywood thinks the world needs another attempt at a feature take on the fad.

According to Deadline, Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company is set to finance and produce the development of a Garbage Pail Kids movie. Michael Vukadinovich will pen the script and PES will direct.

Are Garbage Pail Kids making a comeback? Topps has released a Flashback series in recent years. Will the movie be an attempt to join forces on the revived interest in the cards? Or are they looking to draw interest from those of us who once collected them? If that’s the case, I can’t say I’m board (yet, anyway), but I want to reserve judgment until we have more information on what they’re looking to do with the movie. In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the original film, and further down, some sample GPKs for those of you who aren’t familiar with the cards.

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