In true Vin Diesel fashion, the Fast & Furious star is set to do a hell of a lot more punching when he stars in Universal’s upcoming Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots film.
In yet another example of Hollywood definitely not running out of original, creative ideas, the film will be based on the classic children’s game where players compete to knock the opposing robot’s block off.
According to Deadline, the film’s screenplay has been written by Ryan Engle (Rampage, The Commuter), and follows a father and son duo (with Diesel playing the former half) who form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine. Sounds an awful lot like Real Steel to us.
That 2011 film was set in the near future where robot boxing was the planet’s predominant sport, and followed an ex-boxer (played by Hugh Jackman) and his son as they took on the whole robot boxing world with a meagre little training robot named Atom.
It’s a sweet and heartwarming underdog story, and this new Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em film will have to work extremely hard if it’s to differentiate itself successfully.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Red Rocker and Blue Bomber on the silver screen: the pair made a delightful little cameo in Pixar’s Toy Story 2 all the way back in 1999, and also popped up in The Incredibles five years later. Diesel’s film, however, will be the first time we’ve seen the toy in live-action.
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is currently in pre-production, and as yet is without a release date, while Vin Diesel will next be seen in this summer’s F9, the ninth film in the Fast & Furious series.