Monster Trucks (film)

Monster Trucks

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Wedge
Produced by
Screenplay by Derek Connolly
Story by
Music by Dave Sardy
Cinematography Don Burgess
Edited by Conrad Buff IV
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 26, 2016 (2016-12-26) (United Kingdom)
  • January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million[3][4]

Monster Trucks is an upcoming 2016 American 3D live-action/computer-animated action comedy film produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Disruption Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Wedge and written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Derek Connolly and Matthew Robinson.[5] The film stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper, and Holt McCallany. This was the final film worked on by Jon Polito's before his death on September 1, 2016.

Principal photography of the film began on April 4, 2014, in Kamloops (in British Columbia, Canada). The film is set to be released on January 13, 2017, by Paramount Pictures.


Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp, 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.



On July 31, 2013, Paramount Animation announced that they were developing a new live-action/animated franchise with its first film titled Monster Trucks, with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger set to write the film.[5] Chris Wedge was set to direct the film which will be produced by Mary Parent, with the release date set for May 29, 2015.[5][14] Production took place in Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver.[15] On February 19, 2014 Jane Levy and Lucas Till joined the cast of the film.[6][16] On March 24, Amy Ryan landed a role in the film.[7] Later that week, Holt McCallany joined the cast as the unnamed villain.[8] On April 1, Frank Whaley and Danny Glover joined the cast of the film.[10] Later that month Thomas Lennon joined the cast.[12] On April 14, Barry Pepper joined the cast.[11] On April 24, Tucker Albrizzi who starred in Big Time Rush joined the cast.[13] Rob Lowe joined the cast five days later.[9][17]

In December 2013 it was announced that the film's production was set to begin in early April 2014 in Vancouver,[18] and it would wrap up filming in mid-July, the studio Vancouver Film Studios was booked for the production.[15] Principal photography began on April 4, 2014, in Kamloops, British Columbia.[19] Filming was spotted on May 13, 2014 in downtown Chilliwack, Canada.[20][21]


The release date was shifted several times. It was previously set for May 29, 2015, but on January 26, 2015, the film was pushed back to December 25, 2015, which was first assigned for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[22] On May 5, 2015, the film was pushed back again to March 18, 2016.[23] On November 10, 2015, the film's release date was pushed back again to January 13, 2017.[24]

On September 21, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter claimed Paramount would take a $115 million writedown on the film due to its expected poor performance at the box-office.[25]


  2. "Monster Trucks [2D] (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. David Lieberman (September 21, 2016). "'Monster Trucks' Drove Viacom's $115M Charge Even Before Its Release". Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  4. Pamela McClintock, Kim Masters (September 21, 2016). "'Monster Trucks' Leads Viacom to Take $115M Write-Down". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 Finke, Nikki (31 July 2013). "Paramount Animation Plans 'Monster Trucks' Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge To Direct". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  6. 1 2 3 "Paramount Wants Lucas Till & Jane Levy in 'Monster Trucks' Toy Movie". February 19, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  7. 1 2 "Amy Ryan Gears Up For 'Monster Trucks'; Blake Jenner Creeps Into 'Crawlspace;' Pablo Larrain Helms 'Scarface'". May 20, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  8. 1 2 "Holt McCallany Revs Up Villainous Role In Paramount's 'Monster Trucks'". May 20, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  9. 1 2 3 "Rob Lowe driving Monster Trucks". April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  10. 1 2 3 "Frank Whaley, Danny Glover Joining Lucas Till in 'Monster Trucks' (Exclusive)". 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  11. 1 2 "Paramount's 'Monster Trucks' Adds Barry Pepper". April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  12. 1 2 "Thomas Lennon Straps In For Paramount's 'Monster Trucks'". April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  13. 1 2 "Chrissie Fit Cast In 'Pitch Perfect 2′; Shohreh Aghdashloo To Narrate 'Alam High School'; Tucker Albrizzi Joins 'Monster Trucks'". April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  14. "Paramount Animation Looking to Tackle Monster Trucks". 1 August 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  15. 1 2 "Big-budget 'Monster Trucks' to roll into Vancouver in April". 29 December 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  16. "Lucas Till - Lucas Till and Jane Levy to star in Monster Trucks". contactmusic. April 29, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  17. "Rob Lowe Joins 'Monster Trucks'". April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  18. "Updated production office info for Chris Wedge's MONSTER TRUCKS filming in Vancouver to begin early April". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  19. "START: Big-Budget Live-Action Movie MONSTER TRUCKS Begins Filming". yvrshoots. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  20. Hellinger, Mike (12 May 2014). "Chilliwack buzzing with film shoot downtown this week". Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  21. J. Henderson, Paul (15 May 2014). "Downtown Chilliwack turns into Monster Trucks movie set". Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  22. Pamela McClintock. "Paramount Shifts 'Mission: Impossible 5' Release Date to Summer 2015". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  23. Dave McNary. "Monster Trucks Release Date Pushed Back to 2016". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  24. McNary, Dave (November 10, 2015). "Paramount Sets 'SpongeBob 3' for 2019, Delays 'Monster Trucks' to 2017". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  25. McClintock, Pamela; Masters, Kim (21 September 2016). "'Monster Trucks' Leads Viacom to Take $115M Write-Down". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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