Vin Diesel Is Making A ‘Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots’ Movie With The Writer Of ‘Rampage’

Remember when they were talking about a sequel to that robot flick Real Steel? That’s probably never gonna happen, but the next best thing could be on the way. Vin Diesel, who can get a green light for pretty much anything, will star in a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie for Universal and Mattel.

In what sounds like the sci-fi version of Fast & Furious because it’s “all about family”, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots will center on a father who along with his son form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.

F’real. I mean, that is literally the Real Steel plot, isn’ it?

It’s unclear if Diesel is the father or perhaps, as he was for The Iron Giant, the voice of the droid.

The script is by Ryan Engle, who previously wrote the video game flick Rampage. While there’s no director attached yet, perhaps they should go ahead and hire Shawn Levy to direct it?

Diesel will not only star but produce the film with his siste, Samantha Vincent. If all goes well, you can bet they’ll try to launch a franchise and maybe even cross it over into F10, the next Hobbs & Shaw, or Jurassic World. You scoff but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, is it?


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.