The past. The future. Dinos. Humans. Lasers. Dino-Riders.
The 1980s animated franchise might be making a comeback, as The Tracking Board reports that Mattel is teaming up with Solipsist Films to develop the prehistoric action cartoon as a feature film. The series debuted in 1988, conceived of by Tyco Toys as an opportunity to sell toys where humans ride on the backs of gun-toting dinosaurs, and it was co-created by Carla Conway and Gerry Conway. Yes, that Gerry Conway, the co-creator of the Punisher comics series. Fourteen episodes were produced, airing as part of the Marvel Action Universe. Might the Dino-Riders join the Avengers and the rest of their Marvel friends in Infinity War? Highly unlikely. But we’re assuming the raptor-jockeys are going to be groomed for a big-budget blockbuster along the lines of another toy-inspired franchise, Transformers.
So what might a modern, live-action Dino-Riders movie look like? Join Jessica Chobot as we discuss the plot of the original animated series and how the dinosaur-chauffeured adventures of Questar and the rest of the Valerians might translate to the silver screen, on today’s Nerdist News!
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