Remember that one time when Taylor Lautner was poised to be a big action star with his breakout role in Abduction only to have the film absolutely bomb? Well apparently Lautner is ready to give the whole “action star” thing another go, as it was announced today that the Twilight star will topline Tracers with Daniel Benmayor (the Manhunt) onboard as director. Lautner stars as a New York City bicycle messenger who is “the hottest thing on two wheels” (this is literally how the character is described). He’s in debt to an organized crime organization, but he crashes his bike into a “sexy stranger” and becomes seduced by the world of parkour. Apparently picking up parkour as a hobby magically gets you out of debt. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release that features a wonderfully absurd logline.
Spanish helmer Daniel Benmayor is in talks to direct Hitman 2 for 20th Century Fox. While not a choice many would have guessed, Benmayor made a name for himself directing commercials for Renault, Mercedes, Heineken, Samsung and Sony PlayStation. He recently made his feature debut on a Spanish movie called Paintball which is about a group of adrenaline junkies who get dropped in a forest for a paintball match but quickly discover someone is using real ammo.
While the first Hitman didn’t get rave reviews, the $30 million budgeted film made over $100 million worldwide. It’s no surprise Fox wants a sequel. The big issue for the studio is whether or not Timothy Olyphant will return as Agent 47. That’s because the actor would have to shave his head and he might not want to, as he’s currently riding a wave of great reviews for his work on the FX series Justified. More after the jump: