It's no secret that Max Steel has had quite a few issues making it onto the big screen, having all but fallen off the radar since production wrapped back in 2014. The film is based on Mattel's line of action figures and animated TV series of the same name, which follows the adventures of teenage Max McGrath and his alien friend named Steel. Together, they harness and combine their powers to evolve into the eponymous turbo-charged superhero.
A newly-released Japanese trailer (which you can watch above) finally puts Max Steel back in the spotlight, along with an official release date this upcoming fall. Until now, we haven't heard a thing about Max Steel since production stills were released two years ago (at the time of writing this). Paramount Pictures originally had the rights to the live-action film, but those eventually expired - and due to the relaunch of the TV series in 2013, the film was suspended. Mattel then partnered with Dolphin Entertainment to finance production and Open Road Films to distribute the movie, keeping the dream alive.
Directed by Stewart Handler (the H+ TV series) and written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World), Max Steel stars Ben Winchell (Finding Carter), Ana Villafañe (South Beach), Andy García (Ghostbusters (2016)), Maria Bello (Lights Out) and Billy Slaughter (Bad Moms).
You can read the official synopsis for Max Steel, below:
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.
The new trailer is full of action-packed scenes and some stunning visuals, but has too much time passed? Considering the hype for the Max Steel film seems to have all but completely died down over the past couple of years, Mattel may have a difficult time garnering any interest in the property's live-action debut on the big screen. It won't help that Max Steel is now poised to up against much more buzzed-about movies like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and A Monster Calls at the box office, either.
Max Steel is currently set to open in U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016.
Source: Open Road Films [via Zero Media]