File this one in the cabinet labeled “Eh, huh?”
Sony Pictures Animation is teaming with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions to bring us a movie about Hasbro’s Tonka Trucks. I’m kind of speechless, so let’s hear from Sony Pictures Digital Productions prez Bob Osher:
“In its 65 years, Tonka has become more than a toy or a brand — Tonka trucks are a rite of passage for kids all around the world. Time spent with these toys creates memories that last a lifetime as kids are inspired to play using the boundaries of their imagination. We look forward to creating a family friendly motion picture that brings the Tonka experience to life.”
Translation: “We make the movie about the tiny dump trucks and then we make profit.” A script is currently being written by Fred Wolf (Grown Ups, Joe Dirt) so clearly we can expect something cerebral (Grown Ups, Joe Dirt).
No word on casting, but I suspect the typical Happy Madison lot to be trotted out here. Allen Covert needs work and Kevin James was born to play a role that’s only requirement is to make “vroom” noises.