*With “Fast Five” heating up the box office, Vin Diesel is keeping it moving with confirmed plans to star and produce “The Machine,” an action comedy from MGM.
Diesel will play “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.
The project has no director but MGM says it’s eying a fall start.
The film is from Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the writers of “Night at the Museum” who also worked with Diesel on his action comedy “The Pacifier.” Diesel will produce under his One Race Productions.
So far, “Fast Five” has amassed a staggering $458 million worldwide.