Variety has confirmed that that Vin Diesel will star in a film based on the popular tabletop game Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
The project is being produced by Mattel and Universal Pictures, as well as Diesel under his One Race Films banner. Ryan Engle, who previously penned the script for the Dwayne Johnson-led Rampage and The Commuter starring Liam Neeson, has already written the screenplay, which tells the story of a father (Diesel) and son who form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.
The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game becomes the latest Mattel property to be taken to the big screen. Other projects reportedly in the works include Barbie starring Margot Robbie and written by real-life couple, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, and an action-heist comedy in which the card game Uno serves as the focal point that’s being developed by Lil Yachty.
And reacting to the news, Diesel said: “To take the classic Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game, with Mattel as my partner, and align it with the kind of world-building, franchise-making success we have had with Universal, is truly exciting.”
This excellent news comes weeks before the premier of F9, the ninth installment in the aforementioned Fast & Furious franchise, which will be in the theatres on June 25, 2021.