EXCLUSIVE: MGM is in talks with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy that will star Vin Diesel and was scripted by the Night At The Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Diesel and his One Race Films banner is producing with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar did the most recent script draft. Shankman’s Offspring partner Jennifer Gibgot will be an exec producer.
It is a reteam for Shankman and Diesel, who previously worked together on The Pacifier. Here, Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him. UTA reps Shankman.
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