By Darren Franich
Updated June 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM EDT

Automobiles of all shapes and sizes are invading the multiplex. Next week, you’ll thrill to cars that talk in Cars 2: Cruise Control. Then, you’ll be positively astounded by cars that talk and walk in Transformers 3: Back 2 The Hood. But how’s this for a hot idea: Cars that… well, are cars. That’s the can’t-miss concept behind Hot Wheels: The Movie, which is a joke you probably would have laughed about back in 1981, and also an actual movie which very powerful companies are currently desperate to make. According to Variety, Legendary Pictures is negotiating with Mattel to get the rights to Hot Wheels, the series of toys beloved by generations of children who are too young for toys with any discernible traits beyond car-ness. The project is said to be “edgy,” which is a word the kids sure are tossing around a lot today according to adults.

All kidding aside, there is a great movie to be made out of the Hot Wheels franchise…but to find it, you have to reach back in the horrible pre-history of the toy line. I am speaking, of course, of the Farbs, a terrifying series of half-man/half-car hybrids that were intended to be goofy and have instead morphed into a horrific portrayal of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. Boy, what I wouldn’t give to watch a movie about the Farbs.

PopWatchers, do you think this project has potential prequel potential? What’s your elevator pitch for Hot Wheels: The Movie? Remember, “Alien Invasion” is already taken. Maybe a NASCAR event gets taken over by zombies, and somehow the zombies can drive, and thus car chases?

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