The 90’s brought us some of the most memorable pop culture moments, from television to the craze-y toys. Millennials will remember the Easy-Bake Oven’s strange counter-part, Creepy Crawlers. Fans of the creepy bake oven will soon be treated to a full-length adaptation.
Paramount Players has obtained the rights to Creepy Crawlers, according to Variety. The toy brand, owned by JAKKS Pacific, has seen its fair share of recreations. Originally released in the 60’s as the Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker by Mattel, this beefed up easy bake oven was actually a nightmare come to life. Not only was the hot-plate-like design burning children but the Plasti-Goop was toxic to breathe in.
As years passed, modifications were made to the metal hotplate and other parts. Still, the creepy crawlies died out with the discontinuation of the toy in 1978.
The creeps were reintroduced in 1992 under Toymax. The hotplate was restructured, the Plasti-Goop was 100% hazard free, and a vast selection of interchangeable plates were created.
There even was a Creepy Crawlers cartoon show, which was produced by Saban Entertainment, the company behind Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
However, like every craze, the fad faded over time and the critters went back into hiding.
Neal H. Moritz will produce the feature film with Marc Gurvitz and Toby Ascher. Stephen Berman will also be onboard as an executive producer. Moritz is currently working on the follow-up to his successful Goosebumps adaptation, another beloved 90’s revamp.
Not much else is known about the film other than it will be “based on the classic toy molds of all sorts of creepy and slimy bugs”.
“Creepy Crawlers has been an iconic brand since the 1960’s and we are honored to work with Neal Moritz, Paramount Players, and the Nickelodeon-Viacom Family in bringing it to life on the big screen,” says Stephen Berman, chairman & CEO of JAKKS Pacific. “We, and the studio, envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of ‘Jumanji.‘”
Paramount Players are also working on the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie, which will hit theaters October 2019.