Independent production company Helix Films has inked a deal with Meccano Toy Co. for the feature film rights to the Erector Set, a line of do-it-yourself construction toys. They’re planning to make the movie in 3D, because of course they are.
Details are being kept secret like this is some kind of Christopher Nolan film, but Helix wants it to be a family action/adventure flick everyone can groan at, according to THR. Once you get past the giggles of its saucy sound-alike word, the Erector Set is just a box of flimsy metal pieces, some screws, and instructions on how to make various forms of junk.
The toy was invented by A.C. Gilbert in 1911 and manufactured into the 1980′s, which means the brand grew stale two decades ago and definitely isn’t something kids are going to be excited about. Maybe their grandparents will remember wasting time with this before television was popular or before movies were based on awful toys.
Other toys being exploited for movies are Transformers, G.I. Joe, another Clue with Pirates director Gore Verbinski, a Monopoly movie with Ridley Scott, Candy land: The Movie with director Kevin Lima, Battleship with Peter Berg, and a Ouija Board horror movie from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. Plus Stretch Armstrong, View-Master, Lego, Risk, and Barbie movies are in the early stages of development.