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Lil Yachty to star in movie based on Uno card game

By | Published on Friday 5 February 2021

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Hey, remember when Rihanna made a movie based on the game Battleships? You might think the lesson learned from that was that ‘movies based on games don’t work, and even a big pop star can’t save them’. And maybe it was. But memories are short, and so nearly a decade later, Lil Yachty is set to star in a film based on the card game Uno.

It’s alright, I’ll wait while you wipe the tea off your screen. Anyway, it’s not just a film starring a rapper reversing and skipping his way through two hours of your life. They’ve thought about it. It’s going to have a story and everything. It’s going to be a heist movie set in the Atlanta hip hop scene. That will somehow involve reversing and skipping. Oh, and wild cards. Don’t forget the wild cards.

The film is being developed by the game’s owner Mattel and the film division of the Quality Control record label – its founders Kevin ‘Coach K’ Lee and Pierre ‘P’ Thomas are among the producers of the movie.

But Lil Yachty is the star, and it’s up to him now to convince us all that this is not a daft idea that will serve as a constant embarrassment for the rest of his life.

So, here’s what he has to say for himself: “I’m so excited to be part of this film with Mattel. 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”.

OK, sure. That makes total sense. I mean, I’ve eaten bread before and I’m a journalist. So it makes sense for me to sing a song about a newspaper made of toast.

Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films adds: “At Mattel Films, we are looking to explore stories that bring our brands to life in unexpected ways. 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 [producer] Brian Sher, to transform the classic Uno game into a comedic action adventure”.

Mattel has been super busy turning its toy brands into films and TV shows since 2013, including what seems like thousands of all utterly dreadful Barbie spin-offs.

It currently has numerous projects in various stages of production. As well as this Uno movie, there are also films on the way based on Magic 8-Ball, Hot Wheels cars, the Cabbage Patch Kids and (I’m not joking) View Master.

No release date has yet been set for the Uno movie, or (thankfully) any of the others I mentioned there. There is a ‘Masters Of The Universe’ remake due out in 2022 though. ‘The Lego Movie’ has a lot to answer for.