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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Confirmed: Dolphin Entertainment and Mattel Team on Max Steel Movie

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September 04, 2013

Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. and Mattel, Inc. have confirmed they are teaming up to develop the live-action, feature-length film Max Steel based on Mattel's franchise property of the same name. The film will be produced by Dolphin Films, a newly-formed subsidiary of Dolphin Entertainment. Open Road Films will distribute Max Steel in the U.S. as the first of a multi-picture agreement with Dolphin Films. The film will be given a wide release in theaters in the fourth quarter of 2014.

"Today marks the beginning of an exciting new relationship between Dolphin Entertainment and Mattel, two companies that have consistently worked to delight and entertain children all over the world," said Bill O'Dowd, CEO, Dolphin Entertainment. "We couldn't think of a better property to kick off Dolphin's feature film division than Max Steel, which tells a story of the power of friendship and teamwork, with a heavy dose of humor – all qualities we hope to bring to our partnership with the Mattel team."

"Dolphin has an excellent track record in creating family, tween, teen and young adult- focused entertainment," said Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films. "We can't wait to work with Bill O'Dowd and his team to bring this product to the marketplace."

"Launching our film division has been a natural progression for us. Along with our established television and digital departments, our theatrical group will complete our goal of having a fully cross-platform production and distribution business," added O'Dowd. "Open Road Films was the first choice for our theatrical partner as Tom Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Jason Cassidy are not only accomplished in the theatrical distribution business, but also true gentlemen."

Created internally by Mattel, the Max Steel™ franchise spans multi-platform entertainment, toys and consumer products. In development with Dolphin Entertainment the feature-length film will introduce audiences to a new and never-before-seen world of Max Steel.

"Teaming with Dolphin Entertainment and top Hollywood creative talent to write, produce and direct the feature film, Max Steel will excite and engage audiences around the world," said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President, Global Brands Marketing, Mattel. "Max Steel's debut on the big screen is the next evolutionary step for the franchise utilizing a live-action theatrical format to truly personify the brand."

Bill O'Dowd will produce the film alongside kid's entertainment veteran Julia Pistor who is producing for Mattel. Pistor's storytelling and production expertise spans over two-decades with extensive work in television, film and syndication for premier global entertainment companies including Nickelodeon, HIT Entertainment and Viacom Enterprises.

"Max Steel is an action-packed, character-driven story that fits perfectly into the creative movie-making mold," said Pistor. "We have assembled a world-class team in bringing Christopher and Stewart to the project and collectively will tell the origin story of Max Steel in an authentic, visually compelling way."

Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate sensational superhero Max Steel. The storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.

Max Steel writer Christopher Yost most recently rewrote and did the production work on Thor: The Dark World for Marvel and director Alan Taylor. He also wrote the superhero adventure Secret Headquarters for Paramount and Stuber Pictures. Previously, Yost was a member of Marvel's Writers Program, where he worked on the first Thor.

Max Steel director Stewart Hendler recently directed and executive produced "H+," a digital series for Dolphin Entertainment and Warner Brothers Entertainment, winning a Best Director award and sharing in a Best Sci-Fi or Action Series award at The 2013 Streamy Awards. Hendler also recently completed work on the award-winning digital series "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn." Between them, "Halo" and "H+" have garnered 24 industry nominations, thus far. He also directed feature films Whisper and Sorority Row.


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 Post subject: Re: Max Steel
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:28 am 
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Max Steel Sets Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane to Star

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Feb 05, 2014

Dolphin Films announced today that Ben Winchell (“A.N.T. Farm,” “Necessary Roughness”) and Ana Villafañe (“Hiding,” “Los Americans”) have signed on to play the leading roles of Max McGrath and Sydney Gardner in Max Steel, the upcoming live-action feature film based on Mattel’s popular superhero property of the same name.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce audiences worldwide to Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe,” said Bill O’Dowd, CEO Dolphin Entertainment. “The 'Max Steel' franchise fan base is extremely passionate about the lead characters of Max and Sydney, and we knew we needed to get the casting just right. Ben and Ana are extremely talented young actors, and we’re confident fans will fall in love with each of them the minute they hit the big screen.”

The film's story centers on teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion Steel, who combine special turbo-energy powers to become the superhero Max Steel. The film provides audiences with the first new superhero in decades, bringing a positive and relatable hero to audiences of all ages, while combining action and adventure with teamwork, laughter and friendship.

“Max Steel is an aspirational high school superhero supported by an action packed narrative that’s well suited for the world stage,” said producer Julia Pistor. “The renowned creative team we have assembled, along with our partners at Dolphin and IM Global, are able to bring the origin story of 'Max Steel' to the big screen for millions of fans around the world while also introducing new audiences to the courageous hero.”

Max Steel, which is being produced by Dolphin Films and Mattel, is slated for a wide theatrical release by Open Road Films domestically and IM Global internationally in 2015. It’s being penned by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and directed by Stewart Hendler (“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “H+”).


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 Post subject: Re: Max Steel
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:17 am 
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Andy Garcia Joins Max Steel Movie, Production Starts Today

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Apr 29, 2014

Dolphin Films announced today that Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia has signed on to play the pivotal role of the brilliant and mysterious scientist, Dr. Miles Edwards, in their upcoming live action adaptation of Max Steel.

"We're ecstatic to be working with legendary actor Andy Garcia," said Bill O'Dowd, CEO, Dolphin Films. "Dr. Miles Edwards is a very complicated character, and he is central to the entire mythology of Max Steel. The role requires a truly talented actor, and there is no one more qualified than Andy to tackle it."

Max Steel stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath and Ana Villafane as Sofia Martinez. Written by Marvel Studios veteran Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and directed by Stewart Hendler (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), the film is described as an in-depth "origin" story packed with captivating characters and fast-paced action. The plot chronicles the adventures of 16-year old Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth, and fighting the mysterious forces threatening their world.

Principal photography begins today in Wilmington, North Carolina. Max Steel, which is being produced by Dolphin Films and Mattel, is slated for a wide theatrical release domestically by Open Road Films in 2015. The film will be handled internationally by Dolphin Films International in partnership with IM Global.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:07 pm 
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New Images, Concept Art from the Live-Action Max Steel Movie Revealed

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Jul 14, 2014

Following the first set of photos earlier this month, Open Road Films (via Yahoo) has debuted more images from the upcoming live-action Max Steel movie in addition to some concept art of his full costume. Check them out below!

Max Steel stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath and Ana Villafane as Sofia Martinez. Written by Marvel Studios veteran Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and directed by Stewart Hendler (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), the film is said to be an in-depth origin story that chronicles the adventures of 16-year old Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth, and fighting the mysterious forces threatening their world.

Andy Garcia also stars in the film, which is planned to hit theaters on an as-of-yet-unspecified date in 2015.

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