Freedomroo – Vin Diesel teams up with Universal and Mattel Films for live-action Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie

New project: Vin Diesel is getting in the ring with Universal Pictures, Mattel Films and a bunch of robots for an adaptation of the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game

Vin Diesel is getting in the ring with Universal Pictures, Mattel Films and a bunch of robots for an adaptation of the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game.

Diesel, 53, has signed on to star in and produce a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie through his One Race Films company, according to a press release.

No director is in place yet, though Ryan Engel (Rampage) wrote the screenplay, which follows, ‘a father and son who form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.’

New project: Vin Diesel is getting in the ring with Universal Pictures, Mattel Films and a bunch of robots for an adaptation of the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game

Star and producer: Diesel, 53, has signed on to star in and produce a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots movie through his One Race Films company, according to a press release

Star and producer: Diesel, 53, has signed on to star in and produce a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie through his One Race Films company, according to a press release

The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game was first launched in 1966, and has been a staple in pop culture ever since.

The game was inspired by an arcade boxing game which pitted Red Rocker against Blue Bomber in a fight to knock his rival’s block off. 

The game’s, ‘bright and bold gameplay’ has appeared in films, television shows and commercials over the past five decades. 

First launched: The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game was first launched in 1966, and has been a staple in pop culture ever since

First launched: The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game was first launched in 1966, and has been a staple in pop culture ever since

Appearances: The game's, 'bright and bold gameplay' has appeared in films, television shows and commercials over the past five decades

Appearances: The game’s, ‘bright and bold gameplay’ has appeared in films, television shows and commercials over the past five decades

Diesel will produce with his One Race Films partner Samantha Vincent, with Kevin McKeon leading the project for Mattel Films. 

‘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 said in a statement.

‘We are proud to bring this iconic piece of Mattel IP to life on the big screen with our tremendously talented partners Vin Diesel, One Race Films and Universal,” added Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films. 

Producer: Diesel will produce with his One Race Films partner Samantha Vincent, with Kevin McKeon leading the project for Mattel Films

Producer: Diesel will produce with his One Race Films partner Samantha Vincent, with Kevin McKeon leading the project for Mattel Films

‘Our rich library of franchises continues to yield compelling stories and we look forward to creating what is sure to be a thrilling action adventure for the whole family to enjoy with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,’ Brenner continued.

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is the second project between Mattel Films and Universal Pictures, which are also developing a movie based on the Wishbone television series.

Other Mattel Films projects in development including movies based on American Girl, Barbie, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Thomas & Friends, UNO and View-Master.

New project: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is the second project between Mattel Films and Universal Pictures, which are also developing a movie based on the Wishbone television series

New project: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is the second project between Mattel Films and Universal Pictures, which are also developing a movie based on the Wishbone television series

Rich library: 'Our rich library of franchises continues to yield compelling stories and we look forward to creating what is sure to be a thrilling action adventure for the whole family to enjoy with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,' Brenner continued

Rich library: ‘Our rich library of franchises continues to yield compelling stories and we look forward to creating what is sure to be a thrilling action adventure for the whole family to enjoy with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,’ Brenner continued

Diesel is coming off Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot and he returns as Dominic Toretto in F9, the highly-anticipated ninth installment of Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise. 

He will close out the high-octane franchise with the release of Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, though no release dates are planned yet.

The actor will also return as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and he also has a role in Avatar 2, arriving next December. 

Coming soon: Diesel is coming off Sony Pictures' Bloodshot and he returns as Dominic Toretto in F9, the highly-anticipated ninth installment of Universal's Fast & Furious franchise

Coming soon: Diesel is coming off Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot and he returns as Dominic Toretto in F9, the highly-anticipated ninth installment of Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise

Close: He will close out the high-octane franchise with the release of Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, though no release dates are planned yet

Close: He will close out the high-octane franchise with the release of Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, though no release dates are planned yet

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