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Hollywood has been making movies based off of children's toy lines for years now. Filmmakers have been making one particular threat for a while, and now they are finally following through. TWC-Dimension has announced that they are going to make a movie based on Furbies: a mechanical owl-like toy that is more likely to steal your soul through its lifeless eyes than entertain you.
According to Variety, TWC-Dimension's Bob Weinstein unveiled an ambitious lineup of five films already in development -- one of which is a movie based on the Furby Hasbro toy line. No details are currently known about the film other than it will be a mix of live action and CGI in the same vein as Alvin and the Chipmunks or the early Smurf films. They are currently looking for a director, but Hasbro executive Josh Feldman joked that they're out to get David Fincher.
Not gonna lie, I would buy a ticket for David Fincher's Furby yesterday.
Hasbro executive Stephen Davis believes that the movie can "resonate as a four-quadrant film," meaning that it will appeal to all four demographics of people who just love Furbies. He goes on to say that it "can't just be a 90-minute commercial." That's probably the right attitude have going into development, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Furbies are little mechanical owl-like toys that reached a massive surge of popularity in the late 90's. The toys can blink and speak their own language before eventually "learning" English from its owner. In actuality, it was just programmed to start speaking English after a certain amount of time. While not at the height it once was, Furbies are still being made today with new updated technology and appearances. New models even have their own apps and can connect to smartphones and tablets.
While The LEGO Movie is a prime example of what could have been a soulless cash grab done right, no other studio has yet to produce their own LEGO Movie. DreamWorks Animation is making a solid attempt this weekend with Trolls, but it's yet to be seen if it will take with audiences. Similar to Furbies, Troll Dolls haven't been popular in ages, but warrant a feeling of nostalgia.
There's no word on who's writing the screenplay or who will lead the cast, but keep checking in with CinemaBlend for all the latest Furby related news.