Boaz Yakin has signed on to direct the family adventure project Max for MGM Studios.

The story, based on true events, follows a Belgian Shepherd Malinois military dog who returns to America after his Marine handler died on duty in Afghanistan. While the dog is erratic and violent when he comes home, Max is adopted by the Marine's family, forming a bond with his 14-year-old brother. With the help of his troubled dog, they unravel the mystery behind their brother's death and regroup as a family.

Sheldon Lettich, who is best known for Jean-Claude Van Damme movies such as Bloodsport, Lionheart and Double Impact, wrote the screenplay. Sunswept Entertainment's Karen Rosenfelt is producing, with shooting scheduled to begin on March 1.

The project will be Boaz Yakin's first family film since Remember the Titans. The filmmaker most recently directed Safe, and wrote this year's surprise summer hit Now You See Me.