Remember when you were a kid and you’d be watching Pokemon or Digimon or Yu gi oh or (insert Japanese sourced pop culture sensation here), and you’d think “oh my God I’d give my left Charmander to see this as a live action film on the big screen”. Remember when you stopped having ideas like that? If not, chances are you currently work at Paramount. That sounds like a dog at the studio and maybe it is, but like it or not they’ve made a lot of money from a lot of movies based on Hasbro lines like GI Joe and Transformers. Now it looks as though the studio is looking to do the same with Beyblade.
According to Deadline, Paramount has acquired the film rights to the Japanese cross-platform franchise. For those of you unfamiliar with Beyblade, it’s a toy line based on the idea of swappable, customisable battling tops with their own unique powers and personalities. Developed by Transformers creators Takaratomy, the line was brought into the Hasbro fold in 2001, with a second generation of toys in 2009 and a third planned for 2017.
Mary Parent will be producing the planned film with Disruption Entertainment, and that’s all we know for now. It’s gonna be a while before any more information comes to light, but considering the franchise has made around $2.5 billion worldwide, I’m guessing they’ll be going all out.