Rumblings about the forthcoming live-action Max Steel movie from director Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) have been in the offing since a number of behind the scenes images from the set of the film were released online back in 2014. Based on the popular Mattel toy line (as well as the animated series of the same name), the new movie stars Ben Winchell (Finding Carter) as small-town teenager Max McGrath who discovers a strange extraterrestrial being named Steel among the wreckage of his late father's scientific research.
Together, Max and Steel become a superhero of epic proportions in Max Steel, a film which is being billed as a coming-of-age origin story that will serve to introduce the existing property to first-time viewers and reestablish the franchise on the big screen for returning fans. Featuring the voice of comedy actor Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Steel, Hendler's production is finally on its way towards theatrical release after several delays, as seen in the latest U.S. trailer.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers of Max Steel can get a closer look at all of the action-centered theatrics soon to come after the release of a far briefer Japanese trailer released last week. Coming a full two years since filming officially wrapped in 2014, it would appear that moviegoers will finally get to see what looks to be a thrilling new sci-fi drama based on a popular line of children's toys.
Speaking to the long delay in terms of getting the film in theaters, Hendler explained that problems finding a distributor at Open Road Films, coupled with the fact that Max Steel is the first feature-length motion picture based on a Mattel toy line, made the road to a release date beleaguered. In conversation with Yahoo! Movies, Hendler explained:
"I wish it was something sexy and interesting, but it really just comes down to paperwork and release date. It just took a second for them to figure out what date they wanted it on, and find the perfect window for it. It’s Mattel’s first movie, and [the movie’s distributor] Open Road is new, so the handshake took a minute. But now it’s onward and release-ward."
As for what tone potential viewers can expect from Max Steel, Hendler discussed the production's blend of dramatic and comic elements in tone, stating:
"It’s a family, coming-of-age superhero movie with some comedy elements. One of the things that I really love about the movie is the relationship between Max and Steel, the little floating alien dude. It has a buddy comedy vibe to it. And that’s my favorite part of the film, the heart and the banter of the film. But ultimately it’s an origin story for this Mattel brand that is about a superhero that is literally the combination of an alien and a teenager. So we explain the roots of that."
Whether or not general audiences unfamiliar with the existing Max Steel franchise will be eager to see another superhero origin story on the big screen that's based on both an outstanding line of children's toys and an animated TV series remains to be seen. That being said, here's to hoping for the very best when Hendler's latest release finally hits theaters later this fall.
Max Steel is currently set to open in U.S. theaters on October 21, 2016.
Source: Open Road Films