Teen werewolf Taylor Lautner dumps one toy movie for another

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Jul 4, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

Looks like much-in-demand Twilight teen werewolf Taylor Lautner may be a bit too busy: He's reportedly pulled out of Max Steel, a proposed film based on the Mattel toy, in favor of his other toy movie, Stretch Armstrong (Hasbro).

Seems Mattel was a bit too lackadaisical in its development of Steel, New York Magazine's Vulture blog reported.

... In the weeks after signing on to play Steel, Lautner became increasingly convinced that Hasbro was playing its hand better than Mattel. Thanks to WME, Hasbro was moving with far greater speed through Hollywood's development maze than Mattel, not only setting up projects, but quickly moving them forward ...

As a result, by the time Universal had begun conversations earlier this month with Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman about directing Stretch Armstrong, Lautner had already decided not to do Max Steel.

Can't say we're too worked up about either movie, but then again, a Transformers movie seemed like a bad idea, too, and that turned out pretty well.

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