Mattel Films and Universal are reportedly teaming up with Diesel for the live-action movie adaptation of the famous tabletop boxing robot game, which marks the latest of several upcoming movie projects based on popular children’s toys.
The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie will follow a father and son who:
“form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.”
Diesel is set to star in a lead role in the movie along with producing with his One Race Films label and partner Samantha Vincent.
Ryan Engle (Rampage, The Commuter) wrote the screenplay. Kevin McKeon will lead the project for Mattel Films.
The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game was first released by the Marx toy company in 1964 and is now owned by Mattel. The premise is simple: two robot fighters stand in the center of a boxing ring, and players use controls to make them punch each other.
Speaking about the project to Variety, 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,”
Diesel has also been in the headlines lately following the recent release of a new trailer for the next Fast and Furious sequel, F9.
Directed by Justin Lin, the anticipated sequel will see Diesel reprising his franchise role as Dom Toretto with John Cena introduced as his long-lost brother Jakob.
F9 is set to be released on June 25th.