'Remember the Titans' Director to Helm MGM's 'Max' Family Adventure
After scripting this year's Now You See Me, Deadline reports writer and director Boaz Yakin has lined up a family adventure at MGM. Yakin has directed a variety of films from the respected Remember the Titans to forgotten films like Uptown Girls and the 2012 Jason Statham thriller Safe. Now he's set to direct Max, a film Yakin will write with Sheldon Lettich. Inspired by true events, the film takes cues from Lassie and Benji as it follows a Belgian Shepherd Malinois military dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Though dangerous, Max still ends up adopted by the mourning family.
Of course, the tense and traumatized dog ends up bonding with the deceased Marine's 14-year-old brother. Somehow, the dog and his new teenage companion unravel a secret behind his brother’s death and pull a family together again. This has all the makings of a cheesy animal-driven film that were popular in the 90s but have since fallen to the wayside, save for Hachi starring Richard Gere a few years ago. Yakin knows how to pull at family heartstrings as evidenced by Remember the Titans, so this should be a touchy feely story.