With all the hubbub surrounding the former Shark Boy, you would think Taylor Lautner’s got a wide-open schedule. But even with negotiations still active on how Breaking Dawn plays out on the big screen, Lautner is still likely to only fit in one film before the final Twilight chapter begins filming. How will he spend his limited amount of free time? It looks like it will be on the hot script Abduction if the studio can land a director before Lautner is required to don the werewolf fangs again. From first-time screenwriter Shawn Christensen, Abduction, which went to Lionsgate after a heated two-week bidding war, is being fast-tracked and the studio is frantically searching for a hot, young director to helm this action-adventure that reads like a teenage Bourne Identity. If, however, Lionsgate can’t secure the director in time, Lautner will remain a producer on the film and they will have to find another hot, young thing to star. Interestingly, Northern Lights, the movie that first propelled Lautner’s asking price up to $7.5 million and therefore stalled negotiations on Abduction, is definitely moving forward without the teen star. Lautner has parted ways with that project as well as Paramount’s Max Steel, which he had dropped out of in exchange for Stretch Armstrong, both of which have a long development track ahead.
Posted February 26 2010 — 7:04 PM EST
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