Project escapes development hell. It has been confirmed that Miami-based Dolphin Entertainment is teaming with Mattel to develop a live-action feature based on Mattel’s popular toy line ‘Max Steel.’ Originally introduced as an action figure and later turned into two animated series, as well as several animated movies and comic series, ‘Max Steel’ focuses on a teen extreme sports aficionado who is recruited by a secret agency after an accident infects his body with nanoprobes, giving him superhuman abilities. The concept of the brand was tweaked for the 2013 animated series, making Max younger and introducing an alien companion named Steel, who combines with Max to heighten their special turbo-energy powers and intellect to create the ultimate superhero. Stewart Hendler, who helmed the recent ‘Halo’ web series ‘Forward Unto Dawn,’ is attached to direct the big screen take on the property with Christopher Yost (‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,’ ‘Hulk Vs.’) providing the script. The project was previously in development over at Paramount Pictures before falling into development hell, resulting in the rights reverting to Mattel who decided to be more hands-on with the property.