Paramount is developing a Creepy Crawlers film
Paramount Players and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced plans today for the studio to acquire the feature film rights to Creepy Crawlers, the iconic toy brand owned by JAKKS Pacific.
“Creepy Crawlers has been an iconic brand since the 1960’s and we are honored to work with Neal Moritz, Paramount Players, and the Nickelodeon-Viacom Family in bringing it to life on the big screen,” said Stephen Berman, Chairman & CEO, JAKKS Pacific. “We, and the studio, envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of Jumanji.”
Not much can be said about the plot as of yet. For those who are not familiar with the ’90s toy brand, Creepy Crawlers was originally created by Mattel in the 1960s. It has been said that the toy was discontinued by Mattel due to safety concerns. Considering the original toys had a metal mold and were heated on an open-faced oven, the safety concerns sound legitimate. The toy was revived in the ’90s by ToyMax with similar molds and Plastigoop, but with stricter safety regulations. JaKKS Pacific took over the reins in the early 2000s. Since then, they have introduced pop culture icons like Hello Kitty and SpongeBob to the mix. So kids are not just creating bugs. They are also bringing their favorite characters to life!
Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) will produce with Marc Gurvitz (The Cable Guy). Toby Ascher (Sleeping Dogs) and Stephen Berman (The Cellar) will serve as executive producers. Ali Bell and Royce Reeves-Darby will be overseeing for Paramount Players.