FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: Just last week we marveled at the sheer number of projects "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner had in development, and perhaps he was starting to feel the pressure too. After dropping out of "Northern Lights" earlier this week, the 18-year-old has parted ways with another project, "Max Steel," based on the Mattel toy, reports New York magazine's Vulture blog.
Sources say it was his "Stretch Armstrong" collaboration with rival toy company Hasbro that was the impetus for Taylor's departure. According to Vulture, Taylor realized Hasbro was doing a better job with its movie properties than Mattel. To wit, the toy company has leveraged board games Candy Land, Battleship and Risk into high-profile projects and had earlier success with a couple small flicks called "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers." Added one source, "When you sign up to make a movie with Hasbro, you know it will be in theaters a year later."
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FROM MTV.COM: Taylor Lautner has already wrapped production on what will become his first onscreen appearance following his breakout turn as heroic werewolf Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon": a turn opposite rumored real-life girlfriend Taylor Swift in the ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day."
But Lautner's next role might return him to hero territory. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 17-year-old is circling "Max Steel," Paramount's planned big-screen adaptation based on the Mattel toy line. The character has also appeared in an animated TV series and within the pages of a comic book.
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Paramount has decided it wants to continue being a Toys 'R Us kid by bringing yet another Mattel toy to the big screen. Variety reports that the studio loves playing with their G.I. Joes so much that they've decided to bring another Mattel action figure to the big screen: daredevil Max Steel.
Steel is a 19 year old extreme sports star who becomes fused with nano technology that turns him into a superhuman. He uses his enhanced strength, speed, cloaking power and invisibility to battle shadowy terrorist figures. Read More...