December 16, 2008 / 6:25 AM / 10 years ago

Japanese toy craze "Bakugan" headed to big screen

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal Pictures is bringing the red-hot Japanese anime property “Bakugan Battle Brawlers” to the big screen.

A “Bakugan” series airs six days a week on the Cartoon Network, where it is one of the cable channel’s top shows. It is also a strategic game that uses metal cards and magnetic, spring-loaded miniature figures that transform from marble-like balls into toy monsters.

The show’s story line revolves around creatures called Bakugan and the young human battle brawlers who wield them. The creatures have such names as Pyrus Drago, Haos Tigrerra, Ventus Skyress, Subterra Gorem and Darkus Hydranoid that inform their character and power; they are involved in a battle in a parallel dimension called Vestroia that spills into ours.

No writers are on board, but the studio jumped at the chance to be in business with a toy that has a growing worldwide fan base. It also sparked to the concept and story line, which it believes will translate well into an all-ages action-adventure movie. The studio is partnered on the venture with “Role Models” producer Scott Stuber and toy company Spin Master.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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