With “Fast Five” driving all over the box office in a franchise that people can’t seem to get enough of, the world appears to be an oyster for thick necked Vin Diesel. While his efforts outside of the car franchise haven’t quite hit the same peaks, generally, the man brings in the bucks and it looks like he’s ready to finally mould himself a career not unlike that of the similarly muscled and acting talent deficient Arnold Schwarzenegger.
THR reports that Diesel will produce and star in “The Machine” written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant of “The Pacifier” fame. In the kind of project that even Dwayne Johnson seems to have moved on from doing now, Diesel plays “a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him.” So essentially it sounds like a live action version of “The Iron Giant” and we’re sure that kid will melt Diesel’s tin heart.
Anyway, no director is attached but this is gearing up to shoot in the fall. So just hold on everybody, because “Fast Six” will have to wait for now. Diesel is looking to “Kindergarten Cop” his career and get of some those lucrative family dollars in the bank before returning to line read monosyllabically with Paul Walker.