Summit Entertainment and producers Temple Hill are crafting an action vehicle for their "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner that shapes up as the first film after his breakthrough in "New Moon."
Summit has acquired an untitled script by Eric Champnella and Grant Thompson that is best described as a teenaged "Taken" meets "Die Hard."
Dan Lautner will produce with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
Dan Lautner is the actor's father, and the action project becomes the first project in Tailor Made Entertainment, a company they've formed to develop film and TV vehicles.
After an injury sidelines a teen's plans to be an elite soldier, he tries to get on with his life by heading to college. There he meets a girl who convinces him to join her friends on a spring-break trip to Cancun. When his traveling partners are kidnapped and ransomed for the freedom of a drug-cartel leader about to be extradited, the college student uses his warrior skills to rescue them.
Godfrey said the project grew out of Lautner's enthusiasm for "Taken" -- which he saw during the filming of "New Moon" -- and his desire to do a movie in the genre. The Champnella/Thompson script offered the
opportunity for the former karate champ to use the brawn and physical skills he displayed during his recent hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live."
We wanted to continue working with Taylor and feel he's got the chops to become a big action star," Godfrey said.
Lautner recently became attached to "Max Steel" at Paramount.
Godfrey said the hope is to get the Cancun-set project into production by June. Lautner will reprise his role of Jacob in "Breaking Dawn" beginning in late 2010, and it is likely that the final book will be divided into two films that will shoot back-to-back.