Paramount Pictures' upcoming 3D family-friendly sci-fi/adventure film Monster Trucks isn't doing too well ahead of its (delayed) theatrical release, having already been projected to suffer a $115 million loss at the box office. Directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age), the movie centers around a small town teen named Tripp (Lucas Till) who builds a Monster Truck out of scrapped car parts at a local autobody shop - only to discover that his new vehicle has become wedded to a strange creature of unknown origins named Creech.
Monster Trucks has not had the easiest of times making its way to theaters; at one point, it was even slated to open in May of 2015. Nevertheless, the creative minds behind the project feel it offers an exciting and fresh story compared to the typical franchise films being peddled at other major Hollywood studios right now. Moviegoers can decide for themselves if that's the case by checking out the newly-released second trailer for Monster Trucks, featured above.
Following the first trailer released earlier this year, the new Monster Trucks preview offers another look at the high-octane racing action soon to come in the film - as well as what the "monster", Creech, is capable of when he's under the hood of Tripp's truck. The tone of this new trailer, in particular, suggests it was designed to appeal to the same family crowd that will be seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters this weekend (and are thus more likely to catch the Monster Trucks trailer on the big screen).
It's easy to hazard a guess as to why Monster Trucks has been delayed multiple times over during the course of the past two years. Namely, the footage that's been offered thus far doesn't serve to paint an especially compelling portrait of what's to come. Then again, perhaps the likes of Till (X-Men: First Class), Jane Levy (Don't Breathe), and Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) will manage to uplift what appears to be a fairly simple premise to unexpected heights as a piece of fun escapist entertainment.
Wedge has focused primarily in the field of animation to date, and his first live-action film doesn't appear to have moved very far from his roots in visually-exaggerated imagery. All things considered, Paramount Pictures may have more heavy-lifting to do in order to convince enough moviegoers to Monster Trucks a shot, when it finally hits theaters early next year.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Monster Trucks (2017) release date: Jan 13, 2017