Once upon a time, thanks to the “Twilight” movies, Taylor Lautner (the kid who can’t seem to keep his shirt on from the YA trilogy, in case you need a refresher) was The Next Big Thing, and had big-time movie franchises lining up for his services. Then, uh, “Abduction” came out, and people realized the kid just didn’t have Big Time Movie Star conquered yet, and all those great roles seemed to just drift away like a bad nightmare.
One of the movies Lautner was attached to star in was “Max Steel”. Fast-forward to three years later, and Lautner is now out of the picture, and Dolphin Entertainment and Mattel are moving forward with a “Max Steel” live-action movie, with Open Road Films handling distribution next year.
Marvel disciple Christopher Yost, who recently penned “Thor: The Dark World”, will script “Max Steel”, with Stewart Hendler directing. Hendler previously directed the 2009 slasher flick “Sorority Row”, but more recently directed the live-action “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” series and the original web series “H+” for producer Bryan Singer.
“Max Steel”, we’re told, will tell “the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate sensational superhero Max Steel. The storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.”
Turbo-charged teamwork, eh?
“Max Steel” is expected to hit theaters in the fourth quarter of 2014. There is no cast yet.