Paramount Wants Lucas Till & Jane Levy in 'Monster Trucks' Toy Movie
by Ethan Anderton
February 19, 2014
While it's fantastic that The LEGO Movie has been a hit critically and at the box office, that also means we might have to grit our teeth through on onslaught of other toy movies trying to build on the success of the Warner Bros. animated movie. One such project is Paramount Pictures new action adventure Monster Trucks, which the studio hopes will kick off a franchise like Transformers. The new project is also based on a Hasbro toy line and is already scheduled for release on May 29th, 2015. Now two rising stars may join the film as The Wrap reports Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Jane Levy (Evil Dead) are being eyed.
Ice Age director Chris Wedge will be at the helm of the film scripted by Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, which doesn't yet have a greenlight, but is hoping to start production this summer. Till and Levy don't have official offers yet, but they're both the top choices, and the project could be yet another big breakthrough for their careers. Till would play "a bad boy with a good heart" while Levy is described as "what one might imagine Tina Fey was like in high school." Those character descriptions sound horribly written, so we hope the script is better than that.
The toys looks like characters from Cars, so we're not sure where the live-action adventure angle will come from, or how Paramount will adapt the toy into a feature film. But if Universal can turn Battleship into an alien invasion blockbuster, we suppose anything is possible. At one time, Sony was said to be working on an animated Tonka Trucks movie, and Monster Trucks comes from the same toy brand name, so we're not sure what the deal is there. Either way, we're cautious about this sort of film, but hoping for the best. It's going to be very hard to top The LEGO Movie though. What do you think?