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As Mattel reboots its “Max Steel” franchise with a new line of toys and an animated TV series, the company also has revived plans to produce a live action movie based on the property, with Open Road Films picking up the project to release in theaters late next year.

Dolphin Films, the newly created production banner of Dolphin Entertainment, will produce the film. Project serves as the first film under a multi-picture distribution deal Dolphin has set up with Open Road.

Through the pact, Dolphin will focus on pics aimed at families, tweens, teens and young adults.

Max Steel” revolves around teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate superhero Max Steel.

Charles Cohen, former chief operating officer of MGM, was recently tapped to run Dolphin’s new film shingle. He most recently was senior advisor for Kirk Kerkorian’s Tracinda Corp.

“During his long tenure at MGM, »


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