Dolphin Entertainment has resurrected the languishing Max Steel, setting Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) to direct from a screenplay by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World).
Max Steel moves forward at Dolphin Entertainment
The project had initially been set up at Paramount Pictures, which had Taylor Lautner attached to star as the title character for a period of time. He bowed out in February 2010 in favor of Stretch Armstrong, a project which he later left in January 2012. When Paramount let the rights expire, the project reverted back to Mattel. The toy company is taking a more hands-on role in the development, partnering with Miami-based Dolphin Entertainment, which is funding the development.
Max Steel centers on a teenage boy named Max, who controls an energy power dubbed Tachyon Unlimited Radiant Bio-Optimized (TURBO), and partners with the alien Steel.
Joe Roth is attached to produce, although no production schedule has been given at this time. Disney XD launched a Max Steel animated series earlier this year, featuring Andrew Francis voicing the title character.