Marc Forster to Direct 'Thomas & Friends' Movie for Mattel Films

Thomas the Tank Engine Illustration
Mattel will co-produce alongside Forster and Renée Wolfe via their 2Dux² production banner. 

Marc Forster is hopping on board for a Thomas & Friends movie.

The World War Z director will partner with Mattel Films to helm and produce a project based on the 75-year-old children's property about Thomas the Tank Engine and his locomotive friends going on adventures that occasional go off-the-rails. Thomas & Friends universe includes books, toys, games, and a TV series that is now in its 24th season.

Mattel will co-produce, alongside Forster and Renée Wolfe via their 2Dux² production banner. Alyssa Hill and Jesse Wigutow penned the script.

“Thomas is a beloved global franchise that focuses on the importance of friendship, a theme that resonates deeply with children and parents around the world,” said Robbie Brenner, who will executive produce, and oversee the project with Kevin McKeon for Mattel. “Marc is an incredible storyteller and I look forward to partnering with him to tell Thomas’ story in a modern and unexpected way.”

“Thomas has been a personal favorite of mine since childhood,” said Forster. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Robbie and the entire team at Mattel, and embarking on this beautiful journey with such a timeless property.”

Mattel's Hollywood projects include the Barbie movie at Warner Bros., a Daniel Kaluuya-produced Barney feature, and a Wishbone movie at Universal.

Forster, repped by WME and Lichter Grossman, was last in theaters with Disney's Christopher Robin.

Hill is repped by Kaplan Perrone and Hansen Jacobson. Wigutow is repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and Sloane Offer.