Miramax has hired writer Brett Matthews to pen the theatrical installment of the LEGO BIONICLE franchise. Both the first and in-production second film in the series are direct-to-DVD releases. The BIONICLE story follows a group of intelligent biomechanical superheroes who battle the evil Makuta.
The former assistant to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER creator Joss Whedon, Matthews has written comic books for BUFFY and STAR WARS (Dark Horse Comics) as well as SPIDER-MAN (Marvel Comics). In addition, Matthews has written the screenplay for Universals direct-to-video anime take on the Vin Diesel sci-fi flick, PITCH BLACK.