If Transformers: Age of Extinction didn’t scratch your nostalgia itch and G.I. Joe 3 just seems too far away, it might be worth paying some attention to Max Steel, an upcoming big screen reboot of the toy line and animated series of the same name. The first movie stills from Max Steel were recently unveiled, showing off some pretty slick visuals and leaving us very interested to see more.
An official synopsis for Max Steel has now been released, confirming that it will feature the new version of the Max Steel origin story from the recently reimagined animated series (as opposed to the original series), in which teenager Max MacGrath suffers from uncontrollable flare-ups of energy that can only be managed when he joins forces with an alien robot called Steel and harnesses the power using a highly advanced suit. Director Stewart Hendler is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, having previously directed an episode of the video game tie-in series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Newcomer Ben Winchell (Teen Spirit) plays Max, and according to Collider he trained for 6-8 hours a day in parkour, martial arts, boxing and fencing in order to prepare for the role. The screenplay was penned by Christopher Yost, who was part of the writing team for Thor: The Dark World and has also written episodes of several different Marvel TV shows, including The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Check out the synopsis for Max Steel, along with a new set of movie stills and concept art for Max’s suit.
Max Steel is an in-depth “origin” story packed with captivating characters and fast-paced action. The plot chronicles the adventures of Max McGrath and his mother have just moved back to Copper Canyon, the town in which Max’s scientist father died in a mysterious accident shortly after Max was born. As Max adjusts to his new school, things get complicated when his body starts to generate strange energy flare-ups that he can’t control.
At first a confusing mix of inconvenient and exhilarating, this unpredictable power eventually grows too intense for Max to handle, causing him to distance himself from those around him including the girl he likes, Sofia. Eventually the energy pushes him to the verge of fatal combustion. In the nick of time, a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel, who has been secretly monitoring Max’s progress, saves him just before he loses consciousness. The two discover that when joined together they can control the energy and harness it into superhuman strength – and that when apart, neither can survive for long.
As these two unlikely friends learn to accept their connected fates, they begin to uncover secrets surrounding the death of Max’s father. As they dig deeper, they soon find themselves hunted by an unforeseen enemy bent on capturing Max and Steel for a sinister agenda of destruction. Uncertain who to trust, they will have to work together to find the truth, and fight the mysterious forces threatening our world.
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Max Steel is far from the first feature film based on the character, but the previous Max Steel movies were animated and received only a limited release. The live-action Max Steel seems designed to draw in new audiences by focusing on Max MacGrath’s origin story and re-introducing the mythos of the Max Steel universe. We’ll have to wait for a trailer in order to get a better idea of what the film has to offer, but those super-powered suits look really, really cool.
Distributor Open Road Films is currently targeting a 2015 release in North America, though a specific release date has not yet been announced. Max Steel will be the first release in a multi-picture agreement between Open Road and production company Dolphin Entertainment, so expect to see more live-action Max Steel movies in the future.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the Max Steel franchise or had never heard of it before today, tell us in the comments if you like the look of the movie based on these stills.
Max Steel is expected to release in 2015.