Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Monster Trucks online, and it’s, well, a monster in a truck. Directed by Ice Age helmer Chris Wedge, the film stars Lucas Till as a high school senior who builds a monster truck of his own, only to come into contact with a literal monster who decides to live inside the vehicle. While the title initially led many to believe this would be a Chronicle-like story, or even a creature feature with a bevy of Monster Trucks on display, the finished film looks like it skews very young and will no doubt appeal to kids.
Indeed, this was reportedly a point of contention at Paramount, as the studio apparently greenlit the project thinking it would appeal to broad audiences but the film that was delivered turn out to be much more of a kids movie. The studio has pre-emptively written down $115 million as a result.
But while I may not be the target audience for Monster Trucks, I can definitely see kids getting a kick out of the story and the main creature Creech, which has now become the marketing focus. We’ll see if the picture if the box office disaster Paramount is bracing for when it hits theaters on January 13, 2017.
For now, take a look at the new Monster Trucks trailer below. The film also stars Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Danny Glover, and Frank Whaley.
Here’s the official synopsis for Monster Trucks:
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.