January 18, 2017

Taylor Lautner taps Gus Van Sant for pending project


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” heading toward theaters (or Part One, at least), we’re all starting to look beyond the vampire series to see where its massive stars will turn next.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have experimented with vastly different genres in films like “The Runaways” and “Water for Elephants” (to name two). And Taylor Lautner tried his hand at action with “Abduction” … though it didn’t really take off.

Maybe he’ll have more luck with legendary indie director Gus Van Sant, who reportedly will direct a project Lautner will produce that is being adapted from an article in The New Yorker magazine.

Which article, and what subject matter, is still unknown, though a source tells THR that an announcement should come out later this week regarding the plot and screenwriter. The trade runs through a myriad of projects Lautner has considered in his crucial post-“Twilight” career, from “Max Steel” (based on a Mattel toy) to “Stretch Armstrong” (based on a Hasbro property).

But they’ll have to do better than “Abduction,” which struck out with critics and ticket buyers. Van Sant’s films don’t make a ton of money, either, though acting – and acting well – in a Van Sant film could earn Lautner some industry cred. We’ll see.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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