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Is The Vin Diesel Film Happening?

After a failed attempt a decade ago, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie is finally happening. Here’s an update on the film including its cast and plot.

Is the Vin Diesel-fronted Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie still happening? First released by the Marx Toy Company in 1964, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is a two-player tabletop game that features two robots – known as the Red Rocker and the Blue Bomber – who battle it out in a boxing ring. Each player takes control of one of the joystick-operated robots with the objective being to punch the opponent robot until its head is knocked off. The game peaked in popularity during the ’60s and ’70s but was resurrected in 2000 by Mattel, which also released a line of action figures and a Playstation game based on the property.


Prior to Mattel reviving the game, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots had a brief cameo in Toy Story 2 during a scene in which Buzz Lightyear and his friends are searching the office of nefarious toy collector Al McWhiggin for Woody and Slinky Dog asks the Red Rocker and Blue Bomber whether they’ve seen his missing pal. Back in 2010, there were rumors Mattel was teaming with German director Wolfgang Petersen (of Das Boot and The NeverEnding Story fame) to make a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie but the project didn’t come together.

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More than a decade later, it seems like a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie is finally happening after Mattel Films announced it was teaming with Universal Pictures to bring the tabletop game to the big screen. Here’s what we know about the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie so far.

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Movie: Cast, Plot & Release Date

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game in Toy Story 2

It’s still early days for the Vin Diesel movie Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, so Mattel Films has yet to set a release date. However, Mattel has confirmed a few details about the upcoming game-to-movie adaptation – namely around its main cast, screenwriter and basic plot.

Diesel is set to star and will also co-produce alongside Mattel Films and Universal Pictures under his One Race Films banner. He’ll be acting from a script penned by Rampage screenwriter Ryan Engle which, according to Deadline, will follow “a father and son who form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.”

Several Other Mattel Movies Are In Production

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots isn’t the only Mattel IP getting a movie adaptation. In fact, Mattel Films is developing several other movies based on properties including Magic 8 Ball, American Girl, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket and more. A live-action Barbie movie is also in the works with actor Margot Robbie starring as the titular doll and Ryan Gosling playing her boyfriend Ken. The film will be helmed by Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig and is set for a 2023 release.

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