Mattel Films, ShadowMachine, Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and Anthony Ramos are teaming up to develop an animated, feature-length film based on Bob the Builder, the long-running and beloved animated children’s series.
Imagined as an inventive international story for today’s audiences, the film will star Ramos, who also produces alongside Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico of the Academy Award-winning animation and production studio ShadowMachine. Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina for Nuyorican Productions also have joined to co-produce.
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Felipe Vargas is attached to write. The film will be overseen by Kevin McKeon, Ivan Sanchez and Arturo Thur De Koós for Mattel and Natalie Haack Flores for Nuyorican.
The film follows Roberto aka Bob (Ramos), who travels to the enchanting Island of Puerto Rico for a major construction job, takes on issues affecting the island and digs deeper into what it means to build. Bob’s journey will celebrate the vibrant and colorful textures of the Caribbean Latin nations and their people.
The popular Bob the Builder television series, centered on Bob the building contractor and his friends, was created with “little builders” (preschool/early elementary school-age children) in mind through stories empowering them to work as a team with imagination, positivity and the right tools. The worldwide syndicated show ran successfully for 12 seasons (1999-2011) and is especially known for Bob’s cheerful catchphrase: “Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”
Bob the Builder joins other Mattel Films in development including American Girl, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, Uno, View-Master, and Wishbone. Mattel Films also is developing Christmas Balloon, a holiday family drama based on all-new IP.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts star Ramos is represented by CAA, Door24 and Paul Hastings. Lopez is represented by CAA. Felipe Vargas is represented by CAA, Magnolia Entertainment and Gang Tyre Ramer.
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