Taylor Lautner to Star in Indie Directed by Gus Van Sant

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Taylor Lautner: Action Star didn’t work out too well, but it’s apparently time to see if audiences dig Taylor Lautner: Indie Star instead. THR reports that the Twilight actor is finalizing a deal to team up with director Gus Van Sant (Milk) on an indie project based on a nonfiction article in The New Yorker that Lautner optioned. Details on the project are slim, but the reports says more information is expected later this week regarding who will be scripting the pic. The actor made his headlining debut with the action film Abduction in September, but the flick performed poorly at the box office and drew a harsh critical reaction (4% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Lautner is bracing for the end of the Twilight franchise by trying to find his niche as an actor. THR says he’s determined to only work with “top directors and writers” from now on, and Van Sant definitely fits that criteria. It appears that Team Lautner is doing a bit of damage control post-Abduction, but I’m not convinced he can handle weighty dramatic material; his stiff delivery is now pretty much a staple of the Twilight franchise. On the other hand, maybe it just takes a director like Van Sant to get a good performance out of the guy. We’ll see soon enough, as they’re aiming to shoot the indie during the first quarter of next year.




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  • Strong Enough

    HR says he’s determined to only work with “top directors and writers” from now on,

    ^ OUCH!! John singleton sorry

    • mandy

      He said before Abduction he was only interested in working with top directors and writers. So that includes Singleton.

  • jojo

    he just threw singleton under the bus. i’m sure taylors movie flopping had nothing to do with taylor right?

  • cage

    Just checked – they may have thrown him under the bus here, but international boxoffice not bad at all. Production $35M & its made $72M gross so far. Rule of thumb, movie needs to make double production, so they’re in the black (& can’t believe their promo costs were as much as production). its going to VOD right b4 Christmas & the DVD means more $. who needs critics – the kid made money. and at age 19 there’s still time brother–at least he can walk & chew gum at the same time

    • daytona

      RULE OF HOLLYWOOD ECONOMICS-

      The project must make back 21/2 times its production budget AND its P&A costs which in this case is a total around $80 million so it has to make $200 million to break even. It will take every dollar they can squeeze from every platform to ever reach this number……that is why Lionsgate already announced a $50 million write down on this film along with CONAN and Warrior.

      • @daytona

        Hollywood economincs? More like Daytona Bull crap economics. If a $35 Million budget film needs to make $200 Million just to break even, Hollywood would be bankrupt by now. How many $35 Million budgeted movies even make $100 Million let alone double that? You are so pulling that right out of your butt. Nikki Finke reported that Lionsgate spent very little on advertising for Abduction. She complained about it over and over. They were outspent 4 to 1 by other movies that weekends. All Lionsgates movies were under advertised this year. They have just hired new PR people to turn things around. So even underadvertised plus low rotten tomatoes score this little movie made $72 Million.

        Fact of the matter is a movie only needs to make about TWICE it’s budget for the Studio to break even and everything from there are profits.

  • jh

    what?really,that crap guy,shit shit just shit.he can’t act at all.besides no one wants to produce him,he is producing himself every movie he is in.

  • Sandie

    Abduction made double it’s production cost so it wasn’t too bad. Why put down the boy if he takes action movies then turn around and do the same when he tries for Indie work. What has he ever done to any of you on this website?

    • @sandy

      domestically abduction is a flop. it hasn’t even made its budget back. the studio isn’t going to get back all the profits from overseas.

      • Correction

        It doesn’t matter how it does domestic. What matters is the total worldwide. The movie has made $72 Million, that’s double it’s budget and it’s still playing internationally. Add DVD, T.V. rights and you are golden. The studio WILL make back it’s money plus a healthy profit. But I’m sure you will continue to argue because you are mad that the kid’s movie made money. Well sorry too bad. Many other movies did really bad the last two months but his will survive.

      • @correction

        it doesn’t matter if what a movie makes domestically? you have got to be a twilight fan. all the articles out there call abduction a flop, but you say it doesn’t matter what a movie makes domestically. lol.

  • FrankGrimes

    He was cast in Twilight for a 2 bit part that required not much more than being semi brown. He was in no means fit when that happened, and acted for only a mere few lines, not enough to really give a shit about. When they found out that Jacob was going to have a larger role in New Moon, they decided that they wanted to recast him as someone with acting abilities, but Taylor decided to work out a lot and put out this image of super sexy to sell to the teen girls who were the primary market of the twilight franchise. He may have gotten his body better, but he never improved his acting skills. I don’t pity this man because of the ridiculous amount of money that he has earned so far, when there are far more talented actors out there who just don’t look as good as him who are struggling to get a single break.

    • Correction

      @FrankGrimes: you obviously never read the Twilight books. The character of Jacob was already described as big (close to 7 foot tall with big muscles all over). The New Moon book with Jacob’s transformation was written YEARS before the first Twilight movie was even thought of. Taylor didn’t work out to compensate for his acting, he worked out because that is how the character is supposed to look based on the books. They were going to replace him because he was too small (only 5′ 9″ and skinny). His acting was never an issue otherwise why keep him? Studios aren’t into charity work. Nothing worse than people talking about things they know nothing about. Anyone who even GLANCED at the Twilight books can tell you that Taylor Lautner is just coping the character of Jacob straight from the original source so just stop it.

  • ozzie

    i dont know if anyone noticed almost all movies had flopped since summer. people just aren’t going to the movies much.

    lautner was already talking to gus van sant before abduction even came out so this isn’t damage control. collider trying drum up drama where none exists.

    did the movie based on the novel “incarceron” fall through? lautner was attached originally to that movie.

  • micoy

    I’m speechless…

  • !_!

    how can you see his emotions if you cant even see his face. his face covers his face.

  • I cry u smile

    Taylor Lautner and Robbert Pattinson keep on ruining great directors carer…

    • @i cry u smile

      please learn how to spell before you criticize anyone.

  • I cry u smile

    I just had to say this, his favorite movie is Braveheart but he’s not sure who directed it…

  • IsThisIt

    One of these things is not like the other…

  • Tom

    Will people stop giving this fairy movie roles!? What’s the f*cking appeal? An action star with a high pitched voice…yeah let’s give him a job. Just awful. Pig nose over here wants to keep acting after Twilight. Well, ACT like you’re supposed to and go get a job at Staples. Your career died a year ago. My shoe is a better actor.

  • Tom

    Did I say ‘action star’? I’m sorry. What I meant to say was ‘used diaper’.

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  • Berrie

    plain talk bad manners, he’s a damned good-lookin kid, can do action sequences really well and is excellent eye candy… but seriously he can’t act for SHIT!

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