An UNO movie is in development at Mattel Films and it’s something you wouldn’t expect from a flick based on the classic card game.
According to Deadline, the UNO movie will take the form of a live-action heist comedy, set in the underground hip hop world of Atlanta. Written by Marcy Kelly, the film may star Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Yachty, who will also produce the project.
In addition to Mattel Films and Yachty, the UNO movie will also be produced by Brian Sher for Quality Films, as well as Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas for Quality Control ― the record label Yachty is currently signed to. Executive producer Robbie Brenner and supervising producer Kevin McKeon will oversee the project for Mattel Films.
“At Mattel Films, we are looking to explore stories that bring our brands to life in unexpected ways,” said Brenner in a statement. “UNO is a game that transcends generations and cultures, and we look forward to partnering with Lil Yachty, as well as with Coach, P and Brian Sher, to transform the classic Uno game into a comedic action adventure.”
Yachty also issued a statement confirming his involvement in the project. “I’m so excited to be part of this film with Mattel, he said. “I played UNO as a kid and still do today, so to spin that into a movie based on the Atlanta hip hop scene I came out of is really special. It hits close to home for me.”
Like in the case of most films based on games and toys, the announcement of the UNO movie has left fans with so many questions, including how it would work, what it would look like, and who asked for it in the first place.
Right?! Like I'm so morbidly curious. What does an Uno movie even look like? I don't want to see it I just need to know the plot. ?
— Eterlin Blue (@BlueEterlin) February 4, 2021
Umm what how would that even work? Of all the board games and card games out there. I certainly never thought I would hear about a uno movie being in the works. Though I guess they'll make a movie about anything these days. https://t.co/kmMZrPnQTC
— Matt Albrecht (@MattAlbrecht10) February 4, 2021
Now what is an Uno movie gonna be about
— Ebony Queen of Asgard (@YikesMyBassline) February 4, 2021
Who asked for an Uno movie?
— Cameron Allen #TeamGodzilla (@CAllenFilms) February 4, 2021
MAN WTF! A uno movie??? AND uno movie with lil yachty??? That’s heist movie????? https://t.co/6gLW2OUDhe
— ging freecs (@GinoTheBoy) February 5, 2021
How would you make a movie out of Uno?
— Nurkie (@NurkTheWorld) February 4, 2021
Despite all of those questions, there a few who are already looking forward to it.
I was already intrigued in this Uno movie but now I’m invested! A Uno movie that’s an action packed heist sounds absolutely insane & I am here for it! I wonder if they are going to be forced in a life or death game of Uno & the only way to survive is to yell Uno & win the game!! pic.twitter.com/bj5iGaeboD
— Josh ❤️ WandaVision #WandaVision #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) February 4, 2021
I’m down for an uno movie lol
— AccomplishedBelt7 (@WWWOOOOOOOOWWW1) February 4, 2021
However, it seems that more people are taking a hard pass on the film.
Hollywood: Hey, does anyone want an Uno movie?
— DOOM of a 1000 Thoughts (@MannLightfoot) February 4, 2021
i support lil yachty in his pursuit to make the ultimate uno movie but also i will never watch it
— vaccinelab 2021 (@benjamin_gosbee) February 4, 2021
The UNO movie is the latest addition to the growing list of feature films Mattel Films is producing based on games and toys. A Magic 8 Ball horror flick, a Hot Wheels movie, and a subversive Barbie film starring Margot Robbie are all on the way.
The news of the UNO movie also comes two and a half months after Mattel announced that it’s developing a reality game show based on the card game.