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First, let's get something out of the way: Yes, there is a "Hot Wheels" movie coming very soon, and yes, it is based on the tiny Matchbox toys by Mattel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the race for the director's seat has been narrowed to two candidates: Simon Crane, a second-unit director who has worked frequently with Brad Pitt, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (above), who directed "28 Weeks Later" and the Clive Owen movie "Intruders." So, who will cross the finish line and get the gig?
Art Marcum and Matt Holloway penned the screenplay for "Hot Wheels," which is said to be more in the vein of "Mission: Impossible" than the phenomenally successful "Fast & Furious" franchise. To be produced by Legendary and released under the company's new agreement with Universal, the movie will likely get underway in the first part of 2014.
Crane also serves as one of Hollywood's premier stunt coordinators, and Fresnadillo is currently attached to direct "Villain," a thriller with Shia LaBeouf.
Maybe an even larger question than who will be installed as the director is whether the script features a sequence involving a giant, twisting plastic ramp. That has to be a given, right?