Michael Bay & Taylor Lautner Teaming For New Action Movie

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 10:24 am,

Not only was Taylor Lautner the highest-paid teenage actor last year (thanks in large part to his $7.5 million deal for Stretch Armstrong), he also just came in at the #9 spot on Vanity Fair‘s list of highest paid adult actors as well. So while I pause to re-examine my life, consider the fact that Lautner has yet to headline a film of his own.

His seemingly overnight success and passionate fan base exist predominantly because of his involvement with the Twilight franchise – an already established brand that turned its relatively unknown cast into major stars. In terms of selling a movie on his own, however, Lautner is completely untested. Yet, studios are counting on the fact that his loyal followers will continue to flock to his post-Twilight endeavors – as evidenced by the fact that the 19-year-old already has several high profile projects lined up.

His first solo outing will be Abduction – a thriller from Lionsgate that opens on September 23rd. He’s also attached to the lead role in an adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s popular sci-fi/fantasy novel Incarceron and also has an untitled spy film set up at New Regency. Throw Stretch Armstrong into the mix and it looks like Lautner’s going to be wrapped up for most of 2011.

Now Deadline is reporting that Michael Bay will be helping Lautner start 2012 with a bang. Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company have evidently been courting Lautner pretty aggressively for some time now, and it looks like a Bay/Lautner team-up is officially upon us.

The duo sent out a script to all the major studios on Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning a bidding war had already started. There aren’t any details on what the film is about, but one of Deadline‘s sources claims it’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Wanted.

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Taylor Lautner in action mode for ‘Abduction’

To pen this mysterious script, Bay and Lautner handpicked Jason Hall – a screenwriter whose sole credit is the Ashton Kutcher/Anne Heche comedy Spread. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Wanted log line is fairly generic, but since both of those films feature assassins perhaps that’s one element of the story.

Hollywood has clearly already decided that Lautner has the potential to be an A-list star and headlining a Michael Bay movie definitely isn’t going to hurt his career. You can’t fault Lautner for striking while the iron’s hot, but it is interesting to compare his list of projects to Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson’s slate of films. Pattinson appears anxious to disassociate himself from his heartthrob status, and Lautner – well, he seems to know what’s he’s good at.

Bay’s next film will be Transformers: Dark of the Moon which hits theaters on July 1, 2011.

Platinum Dunes’ I Am Number Four opens this weekend and Lautner can next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I which premieres on November 18, 2011.

Source: Deadline.

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  1. tool

  2. he looks like piglit from winnie the pooh. and bay wouldnt know a good script if came up and exploded in his face.

    • Oh yeah, it´s true. Both the piglit and script statements.

  3. What?! This movie is surely for girls. Probably Bay messed up Transformers 3 so bad, he took Lautner so that his next movie will be a hit because of the girls.. Hollywood is going down, with such lead male actors..

  4. I don’t think I will ever take any of the Twilight actors seriously no matter what they do. I will always be reminded of the horrible Twilight movies.

    • Robert Pattinson did a great job in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

      • Pretty average. And he sucks so bad right now.

  5. We need more James Franco, Garfield, Eisenberg, etc than Pattinsons, Lautners, etc

  6. We need more James Franco, Garfield, Eisenberg, etc than Pattinsons, Lautners, etc

  7. hot garbage

  8. I think a blood vessel just popped in my head…

    yup!

    /thump

  9. Not a fan of the Tweenlight movies. But seriously, the source materials and scripts of those are so grievously bad, I’m willing to give the actors a bit more slack. Let’s wait to see if they hang themselves on a legitimate project where the odds aren’t stacked against them quite so much.

  10. Maybe if he adds in some cars and explosions and lots of guns where hardly anyone gets hurt……oh wait thats every movie Bay directs…..

  11. I think Goo makes a good point. The Twilight scripts are rather mediocre. Robert Pattison has already proven that his acting is miles above what he does in Twilight with Harry Potter 4 and the trailers for Water for Elephants are impressive. Also, Kristen Stewart gave an impressive turn in Adventureland. So, I think Lautner should be given a break and see how he does.

  12. It’s not about acting. Thing is, Lautner just does not look like an action hero.

  13. Ok, I’ve heard his name. I went and checked him out on YouTube: Letterman show, Sat Nite Live, some of the Twilight stuff, Conan, Kimmel, Leno etc. He was 15 when hired for Twilight, he’s now 19 which makes him 6 yrs younger than Pattinson… just the age diff should impact their choices at this stage of their careers. In his kiddie interviews he said his goal was action movies. Looks like a little kids dreams can come true. He has made oodles of money from twilight and isn’t sitting on his ass snorting it, guzzling it and generally being an a-hole. I understand that Abduction is one of his selling points..the people who’ve seen some footage say it’s a winner. Not just him in it…Michael Nyquist, Jason Isaacs, Marie Bello, Alfred Molina..these are people I’d go see, so he isn’t the only draw which means his viewing audience is going to be expanded. He is physically capable of the action and notwithstanding the “sissy boys and girls” who whine he looks like a pig, he’s gay, he’s a douche (we’ve all heard the typical slurs and lame lines whineys automatically make) which labels them immature lamebrains, at least to me; I think this guy definitely has the potential of making it big. When Abduction is released it should give a good hint if he has the juice, and by the time he’s 21 we’ll know for sure (by then we’ll have other than the twi movies to judge him on).

    • You got my attn with the hiney wineys mantra. Took ur suggestion about UTube. Didn’t know he was that young. Now I have to say he’s got potential after checkin it out. Nyquist is a favorite of mine and I didn’t know he’s in this Abduction movie, so I gotta see it. I’ll give Lautner the chance to prove himself.

  14. “Lautner can next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I which premieres on November 18, 2011.” – wouldn’t that be Abduction in September??

    Lautner has a chance to be an action star based on his martial arts background alone. Kid’s got potential.

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