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If you had access to cable and Nickelodeon in the early 2000s, you're probably at least familiar with the phenomenon of Beyblades. Even if you never used them for battles, I'm willing to wager you remember the commercials, which presented the toy like a mini-Fight Club for kids.

For the uninitiated, Beyblade was a line of spinning toys that players would use to fight each other in a ring. After "letting it rip," using a launcher and a rip-cord, the spinning top would collide with another, and the one that remained standing was the victor. It became extremely popular from 2000 to 2005 and resulted in a major uptick in confiscations at my elementary school.

Apparently, according to this report from Deadline, Paramount Pictures is trying to make it popular once again, but this time on the big screen. That's right, Beyblade is following in the tradition of Transformers and G.I. Joe and becoming a live-action movie after the studio acquired the rights.

No word yet on what the plot will be about

At this early stage, it appears that the live-action film will be adapting the physical toy and not necessarily the manga that corresponded with the toy line's release and became a long-running anime with multiple seasons.

It'll be interesting to see how this project develops. So far, it's featuring a similar trajectory to Transformers, which was a toy line developed by the same company as Beyblade, Takaratomy.

I'm sure Paramount would like to repeat the success of those robot epics (which became some of the highest grossing movies of all time), but only time will tell if Michael Bay(blade?) will get involved.


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