'Smallville' Creators Slated to Rebuild 'The Machine' for Vin Diesel
After the kid-friendly movie The Pacifier, it seemed like Vin Diesel would never been seen again in the action movie world. The success of Fast & Furious and the even bigger success of Fast Five ensured he still has a career in the genre, but Diesel is returning to the family-friendly territory in a film that sounds like a live action version of The Iron Giant (in which he provided the voice for the title character). Deadline reports "Smallville" creators Alfred Gough and Miles Miller are in negotiations to write The Machine, a story about a machine built to be a weapon who's decommissioned and befriended by a boy 20 years later.
The original screenplay was written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, the minds behind Night at the Museum and Action No. 1, the awesome-sounding story of comic book theft based on actor Nicolas Cage's real life. Gough and Miller certainly have the credits to their name to be able to handle this kind of four-quadrant action comedy, having worked on the Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights series and coming up with the story for Spider-Man 2. Get Smart helmer Peter Segal is directing, but it should be a long time before we see The Machine in theaters because he supposedly has two more movies lined up to go before this one. Hopefully Gough and Miller can tweak the script to be more in line with the underseen greatness of The Iron Giant.