Akiva Goldsman partners with Universal and Mattel to develop the film MONSTER HIGH

Oscar-winning writer-producer Akiva Goldman and his Weed Road are teaming with Mattel, Inc. and Universal Pictures to develop a live-action film Tall monsters film, based on the popular toy and media franchise of the same name. Goldsman only produces, not writes, so the search for a screenwriter is underway.

First introduced via a doll line in 2010, Monster High centers on a fictional high school attended by the teenage children of famous monsters. These characters, such as Draculaura (daughter of Dracula), Frankie Stein (daughter of Frankenstein’s monster), Clawdeen Wolf (daughter of the werewolf), and Cleo de Nile (daughter of the Mummy), are designed to reflect the diverse and unique offspring of classic monster figures.

Each brings their own personality, style and background Monster High universe, creating a rich tapestry of monstrous legacy and high school drama.

Beyond the dolls, Monster High has so far expanded into various forms of media, including animated web series, TV specials, films, and books. The franchise encourages its audience to embrace their own unique qualities and differences, just as the characters do in their world.

Mattel Films president Robbie Brenner and Goldsman will serve as producers on the film Monster High film, with Kevin McKeon and Arturo Thur De Koos overseeing the project for Mattel, along with Greg Lessans for Weed Road. Universal Pictures senior vice president of production Lexi Barta and creative director of production development Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project for the studio.

Brenner of Mattel Films said: “Monster High helps fans discover the great beauty of being true to themselves and celebrates the unique sensibility at the heart of who we are as individuals. We are proud to partner with Universal Pictures and the brilliant Akiva Goldsman to bring this important message to audiences around the world.”

Added Goldsman, who is also a producer on the upcoming Mattel Films film Major Matt Mason starring Tom Hanks, “I was fascinated by Monster High ever since my daughters were obsessed with dolls. I’m thrilled to once again join forces with Robbie Brenner and our friends at Mattel to help bring this iconic property to life.”

Is there still a market for this film? Do you know any young Monster High fans who will be excited to participate in this project?

via: Deadline

by Jessica Fisher
Source: Geek Tyrant

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