There are countless examples of how Hollywood likes to work in pairs - The Prestige and The Illusionist, Volcano and Dante's Peak, Antz and A Bug's Life - and this looks to be no different. Not to be confused with Chris Miller and Phil Lord's upcoming LEGO adaptation for Warner Bros., Universal has acquired the rights to LEGO's Hero Factory Robots and set Michael Finch and Alex Litvak to write a screenplay based on their adventures.
THR has the news, and they describe the Hero Factory line as an interactive series that includes toys, comics, a theme park, and of course an app. (Hero Factory is a follow-up to LEGO's recent Bionicle series.)
The characters hail from a planet where a factory churns out robotic machines whose goal is to fight intergalactic evil. The heroes include characters such as Stormer, Bulk, Stringer, Furno and Breez with villains having monikers such as Von Nebular (a good guy gone rogue), XPlode, Corroder and Meltdown.
Sounds like...a movie based on LEGO characters, all right. Finch and Litvak are best known for their work on Nimrod Antal's Predators, which, for better or worse, expanded the Predator universe far past the previous two films in that series. It seems like Universal is hoping these guys can get a grasp on the mythology of these LEGOS (I can't believe I just typed that) so they can craft an entertaining film version of their story.
Anyone interested in seeing a Hero Factory movie?