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Major Matt Mason meets Mr. Tom Hanks

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tom Hanks may become the new face of Major Matt Mason, the 1960s action figure that lived in a space station and worked on the moon.

Hanks has always made it known about his childlike interest in America's space race. He starred in Apollo 13 which told the story of the ill fated and nearly tragic aborted lunar mission and he also produced From the Earth to the Moon, the HBO mini-series that gave a deeper look into the Apollo program. Apparently he was also a big fan of the Major Matt Mason astronaut figures in their day; according to Variety, when he met with the Mattel reps to discuss the project he brought along his own Matt Mason toys to show off.

The meeting went well. Hanks' Playtone Productions will produce the movie and Universal will distribute it. Hanks himself will play the Major in the movie. Screenwriter Graham Yost (Speed, and one of the producers on From the Earth to the Moon) will pen the screenplay.

Board games and action figures from the '60s and '70s are becoming the hot property in Hollywood. Universal has been the leader in this arena; it has a deal with Hasbro and has been spitting out movie projects for a while now. In addition to its new Major Matt Mason project there's also the Clue and Candy Land movies as well as ones based on Monopoly, the spooky Ouija board and that guy you loved to pull outta shape as a kid, Stretch Armstrong.

-Variety.
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Posted: 11 years 26 weeks ago

Wow, thanks to G.I. Joe and Transformers, they're turning every toy into a movie now, aren't they?

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Posted: 11 years 26 weeks ago

then why was Tom Hanks playing Woody in Toy Story? he should have been Buzz lightyear instead.... Buzz Lightyear of star command is pretty much a knock off Major Matt Mason anyway...

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Posted: 11 years 25 weeks ago

Major Matt Mason was a not-so-secret sympathizer with the plight of post-WWII, US-occupied Japan. Look at those knee pads!