"Monster Trucks" Trailer Takes Its Title Seriously, But Not Much Else

In the debut trailer for "Monster Trucks," audiences (finally) see what Paramount Pictures meant when they announced back in 2013 that they were creating a monster truck movie in the vein of "Transformers." Spoiler: the monster is inside the truck.

"Monster Trucks" is a live-action film that employs plenty of CGI to tell the story of a monster that literally crawls into and becomes part of the truck, and strikes up an otherworldly friendship with its own. With a reported budget above $100 million, Paramount tapped Chris Wedge, director of "Ice Age" and "Robots," to steer this zany, romping wheel. As reported by Slate, restructuring at the studio led to numerous delays and the new January 13, 2017 release date is actually the film's fourth since it was originally announced.

The film follows Tripp ("X-Men" veteran Lucas Till), a high school senior in a small town, who builds monster trucks from scrap metal and wants to go somewhere bigger and more exciting as fast as he can. An accident at an oil-drilling site near his garage leads a subterranean monster, Creatch, to take up residence inside his truck. With a hunger for speed and gasoline, Creatch and Tripp team up to create a truck that only a monster and a very unexpected friendship can operate.

Also starring are a host of comedy and action favorites including Danny Glover, Rob Lowe, Lucas Till, Amy Ryan, Jane Levy, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Frank Whaley and Thomas Lennon. The script hails from Derek Connolly (co-writer of "Jurassic World"), Jonathan Aibel ("Kung-Fu Panda"), Glenn Berger ("Kung-Fu Panda") and Matthew Robinson ("The Invention of Lying").

"Monster Trucks" is scheduled to hit theaters on January 13, 2017.

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