Universal is developing Major Matt Mason, a live-action feature based on the vintage Mattel action figure as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks. Graham Yost is writing the script.
According to Variety, the toy line originated in 1966; Mason led an astronaut team that worked on the moon and lived in a space station. The toy was a hit in the buildup to the first manned moon mission. Mattel retired the line in the 1970s.
When Mattel execs Tim Kilpin and Barry Waldo came to Playtone for a meeting, they brought an arsenal of the Matt Mason figures. Hanks came armed with his own.
No production date has been set.