Taylor Lautner spends time in 'Cancun'
Summit picks up action spec by Champnella, ThompsonSummit is staying in the Taylor Lautner game.
As the days tick down to the town closing for the holidays, the company has picked up "Cancun," an action spec by Eric Champnella and Grant Thompson.
The project is acting as starring vehicle for Lautner and is the first project from the newly established production shingle he shares with his dad, Dan Lautner.
Dan Lautner is in discussion to produce the movie with Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who forged a relationship with the actor whom they worked on Summit's "Twilight Sage: New Moon."
The story follows an out-of-place college kid who travels with a girl to Cancun on a break. While there, the girl and her friends are taken hostage by a drug cartel and he is forced to save them. The story is designed to take advantage of Lautner's martial arts skills, which he showed off when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend.
Summit's president of production Erik Feig and director of development Gillian Bohrer will oversee the project for the studio.
Champnella, repped by ICM, Mosaic and attorney Dave Feldman, co-wrote Disney's "Mr. 3000" and worked on Warners' DC Comics project "Metal Men." Thompson, also repped by ICM, is an actor-turned-writer; this is his first sale.
Lautner is repped by WME and Management 360.