Universal, Mattel Team Up for Live-Action Musical

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Universal Pictures has made a deal to acquire an untitled Mattel toy property for a live-action musical film to be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, reports Variety. The duo will reunite with the Hairspray team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Shaiman and Wittman are in talks to write an original score for the musical.

This is the first time Mattel has made a deal for a property it has yet to launch, or even publicly disclose. Mattel would not reveal the name of the toy line or when it will launch, saying only that the property aspires to add a fresh twist to monster lore.