If you had told me that Paramount was producing a movie called Monster Trucks, and in that movie, a young man’s pickup truck would be taken over by an actual monster, I would have assumed you had gotten some misinformation. Surely the same studio responsible for such classics as Drillbit Taylor, The Last Airbender, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters couldn’t possibly be onboard for such a ridiculous premise, right?
Lucas Till stars as Tripp, a high school senior from a dead-end town who builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of other scrapped vehicles. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site, Tripp finds himself visited by a strange creature that seems to know a thing or two about automotive machinery, and doubles a makeshift power source for his new ride.
And no, I am absolutely not making any of this up. This is a real movie, produced by a real Hollywood studio, and I can prove it. Check out this trailer:
This might be one of the silliest concepts I’ve ever heard of, but Monster Trucks is obviously being positioned as a family film, and I can see younger kids falling in love with the monster. The official synopsis boasts “cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI,” but I’m guessing the person who wrote that phrase either hasn’t seen this footage, or else there’s a significant amount of work to complete before the film’s release date.
Speaking of release dates, Monster Trucks actually finished production in 2014, and was originally scheduled to hit theaters on May 29, 2015. It was pushed back to December of the same year, then March 2016, and then pushed again to its early 2017 slot. That kind of shuffling doesn’t really illustrate a lot of confidence in the quality of the finished product.
Directed by Chris Wedge, the film also features Jane Levy (Evil Dead and the upcoming Don’t Breathe) as Tripp’s love interest, with the supporting cast set to include Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Rob Lowe. Monster Trucks will open – allegedly – on January 13, 2017.
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