It's a project that sounds as if it was lifted straight out of an "Entourage" storyline — all it needs is Vinny Chase as the leading man — as director Wolfgang Peterson is allegedly attached to shepherd a film adaptation of "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" to the big screen.
Pajiba has the unconfirmed scoop that Mattel and Mandeville Films are teaming together for a movie based on the "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" board game, where two players sit on opposite sides of a miniature boxing arena with a fighting robot at their disposal. The players make the robots box one another until the loser's head pops up in defeat. Peterson is reportedly attached to direct with Kurt Wimmer rumored to pen the screenplay.
The game's premise doesn't exactly lend itself to a clear-cut plot line, but producers have apparently found a unique angle to approach the "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" adaptation: according to Pajiba, the film is described as "Gladiator" meets "Iron Man," built around the "human story of one robot that becomes part human, part robot."
Say what you will about whether or not "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" deserves to be made into a film — clearly there are merchandising-related reasons as to why this makes sense for Mattel. But even with the film's purported robot-turns-into-a-cyborg premise, the similarities to rival robot boxing movie "Real Steel" could prove problematic. Shawn Levy's "Real Steel" stars Hugh Jackman as a robot boxing promoter who attempts to redeem himself in his son's eyes, while "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em" seems more focused on the robots as characters. Despite these differences, is there really enough room in the market for two robot boxing movies?
Then again, I suppose it's somewhat fitting that there are two robot boxing movies entering the robot boxing movie arena. We'll just have to wait and see which one of these projects gets its head knocked off first.
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