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Erector Set looking to make big-screen debut

17 February 2010 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Indie production company Helix Films has formed an exclusive  partnership with the Meccano Toy Co. to develop an original 3D feature film based upon the Erector Set line of construction toys.

Invented in England by Frank Hornby in 1901, Meccano was conceived as a model toy construction system comprising reusable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. The toy has sold under the Erector Set brand in the U.S. since 1913, and Meccano/Erector set toy products are currently sold in more than 90 companies.

Santa Monica-based Helix is developing a script for a family fantasy/adventure franchise built around the nuts-and-bolts brand that could also be extended to other platforms like TV and video games.

The deal, for undisclosed terms, represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to its toys.

Helix was founded in 2008 by film producers and business execs Steven-Charles Jaffe, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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‘Erector Set’ Movie On The Way

17 February 2010 10:34 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Countless toys and board games from Hasbro are in the works – from Candyland to Battleship – but it looks like Meccano is getting in on the action with a movie based on its Erector Set line of construction toys.

Yes, you read that right…

The news comes from a press release that provides details on the Erector Set movie: An exclusive partnership has been struck between Meccano Toy Company and independent production company, Helix Films, to develop a 3D feature version of the popular Erector Set toy. In case you’re from somewhere other than the U.S., you may know the construction toy as simply “Meccano.”

Perhaps you were one of those kids who played with toy guns and soldiers and didn’t bother with building stuff, so here’s basically what an Erector Set is: it features an array of re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, »

- Ross Miller

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Erector Set to Spawn a 3D Film Franchise

16 February 2010 1:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Helix Films has joined forces with Meccano Toy Company for the new films Helix Films, an independent production company, announced today that they have formed an exclusive partnership with Meccano Toy Company to develop an original 3D feature film based upon the iconic Erector Set brand of children's construction toys. The deal represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to their toys. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Helix is currently developing an original script with an eye towards creating a film franchise based on the Erector brand that could also expand to other entertainment platforms including television and video games. While details of the story are being kept under wraps, the film will be a family fantasy/adventure.

"The three partners of Helix Films all grew up playing with Erector Set toys but in different countries-Kevin Foo in Australia, Gaukhar Noortas in Kazakhstan and »

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Helix Films Planning Movie About Erections

16 February 2010 12:15 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Perhaps it was just a matter of time, but the independent production company Helix Films announced today that they have formed an exclusive partnership with Meccano Toy Company to develop an original 3-D feature film based upon the iconic Erector Set brand of children's construction toys. The deal represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to their toys.

We've joked in the past about movies based upon toys/games/merchandise, being, as they are, one third of the current Hollywood filmmaking trifecta—the other two of which constitute remakes and 3-D everything. So we're skeptical when another movie project based upon a toy line is announced.

Below is the official press release, courtesy of Helix:

Helix is currently developing an original script with an eye towards creating a film franchise based on the Erector brand that could also expand to other entertainment platforms including television and video games. »

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3D Erector Set Movie in the Works

16 February 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Helix Films, an independent production company, announced today that they have formed an exclusive partnership with Meccano Toy Company to develop an original 3D feature film based upon the iconic Erector Set brand of children's construction toys. The deal represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to their toys. Helix is currently developing an original script with an eye towards creating a film franchise based on the Erector brand that could also expand to other entertainment platforms including television and video games. While details of the story are being kept under wraps, the film will be a family fantasy/adventure. "The three partners of Helix Films all grew up playing with Erector Set toys but in different countries--Kevin Foo in Australia, Gaukhar »

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