WB has added the MGM-produced Max to its 2015 line-up. The January 30 release follows a wayward teen who befriends the military dog that was partnered to his older brother, a US Marine killed in action in Afghanistan. Remember the Titans‘ Boaz Yakin is directing the film which is now in production with Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham, and Josh Wiggins starring. Sheldon Lettich (Lionheart, Double Impact) co-wrote with Yakin. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Boaz Yakin has been set to direct Max, an original family adventure film that will begin production March 1. Yakin is writing the script with Sheldon Lettich and he will be exec producer. It’s Yakin’s first family film since Remember The Titans. He most recently wrote Now You See Me. Sunswept Entertainment’s Karen Rosenfelt is producing, while MGM‘s Jonathan Glickman and Cassidy Lange are overseeing.
The film is inspired by true events. A Belgian Shepherd Malinois military working dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Erratic and dangerous, Max is adopted by the bereaved family and bonds with the Marine’s troubled 14-year old brother. Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death and pull a family together again. Yakin is repped by ICM Partners.
The Clash of the Titans helmer will direct Summit’s heist film, written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. It’s about an FBI squad that chases a team of illusionists who pull off daring bank robberies during their performances and who share the spoils with their audiences while staying a step ahead of the law. It’s produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci via their Kurtzman Orci Paper Products production shingle. Before Clash of the Titans, Leterrier directed The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2.
Lionsgate has acquired US distribution rights for three films backed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global. Each film has a one word title and falls into the hard core action genre. The first in the deal is Safe, a $30 million film that stars Jason Statham and is directed by Boaz Yakin, who wrote the action/thriller. The deal also included Dredd, the 3D adaptation of Judge Dredd that Deadline told you about last Cannes. Pete Travis is directing an Alex Garland script and Karl Urban plays Judge Dredd. The third film in the deal is Protection, a Simon West-directed action thriller that stars Dwayne Johnson. IM Global has been stepping it up since selling a majority stake to Reliance Big, and hiring former CAA independent sales agent Brian Kavanaugh Jones to launch Automatik, IM Global’s production joint venture with Alliance Pictures.