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Tom Hanks Is Major Matt Mason
Based on a popular US toy line

25 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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The last two times Tom Hanks played a toy, the results were pretty spectacular. So in a way, it’s not surprising to see him try a third time round – but this time, this isn’t a Toy Story, and he won’t be Woody.

Instead, the actor – one of the few genuine megastars left, in our humble opinion – has signed on to star in Major Matt Mason, a big-budget Universal actioner based on a vintage US action figure.

How vintage? Well, Major Matt – an astronaut who worked on the moon – was launched in 1966, three years before man even set foot on his home, before the line was kyboshed in the ‘70s.

Still, when he was allowed out of his box, Major Matt was accompanied by his three close pals, Sgt. Storm, Doug Davis and Lt. Jeff Long. Together, they fought numerous bad guys, chief amongst them Captain Lazer. We’re not making this up.

It all sounds enormously silly, but Hanks’ involvement is keeping us in check. After all, it seems that he grew up playing with Major Matt (steady…), given the story that he turned up to a meeting with Mattel executives armed with his own handful of Major Matt figures.

And if Hanks thinks there’s something in this, then that’s good enough for us. After all, it’s not like Major Matt is as iconic as, say, Transformers or G.I. Joe – we hadn’t heard of him before today, to be brutally frank - so we’re pretty sure that the movie won’t be able to get by by trading on its brand name. Instead, there’ll have to be some actual substance there, too, although Hanks’ presence can’t hurt from a box office point of view.

Graham Yost, who wrote Speed, will write the script for the movie, with Hanks doubling up as producer, along with Gary Goetzman.

Major Matt Mason joins Universal’s growing roster of toy-based movies, including Ridley Scott’s Monopoly (that still doesn’t look right), a Stretch Armstrong film, and Candyland.

 


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Major Matt Mason
You are making up some. MMM & crew did NOT battle Capt. Lazer. He was a friend. FWIW, Callisto & Scorpio (other characters in the line) weren't MMM's enemies either. Also, I don't think I've seen anywhere that Jeff Long was a Lt., either. More

Posted by famvburg at 16:26 on 01 April 2009 | Report This Post

Ground Control to Major Matt...
Matt Mason was a damned cool toy when I was growing up. One of the very few toys advertised in american superhero comics that was actually vailable here. Those of you already dismissing the idea because you're too young to have heard of it - just think how often Tom Hanks backs a dud movie... The toy name is just a hook on which to hang a good, realistic hardware, near future, space adventure on. Can't be soon enough for me! More

Posted by The Voice of Fate at 14:29 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

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With such limited appeal (the toy is virtually unknown outside the US I'm guessing, and this generation probably hasn't heard of it so it only appeals to 45/55 year-old americans) the script had better be damned good.  More

Posted by Isabelle_M at 00:37 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

When is Tom going to start ACTING again? More

Posted by Matt Bingley at 18:16 on 25 March 2009 | Report This Post

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