Adam Shankman is in talks to reteam with his The Pacifier star Vin Diesel for the action comedy The Machine. As we reported last July when Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) came on board to rewrite the script by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (The Pacifier), “the story centers on a human-like machine (Diesel) 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.” Deadline also uses this synopsis in their report, so I assume Gough and Millar didn’t make any radical changes.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make a terrible family film that’s going to make a boatload of money. No one here is laboring under any delusions of grandeur.