Exclusive: Wolfgang Peterson and Mattel Developing Rock Em' Sock 'Em Robots Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 24, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 24, 2010 |

Now, there's another reason to crack out those images, as the Hollywood Cog has informed me that Mattel and Mandeville Films are developing a movie based on Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em, although I have to believe that the odds of the project getting through the development process are slim given just how similar it is to Real Steel. They have, however, managed to find a hook that's slightly different: It's being described as Gladiator meets Iron Man, and it's the "human story of one robot that becomes part human, part robot."

Word from the Cog is that Wolfgang Peterson is even attached to this (very bad) idea, but then again, Peterson (Poseidon, Troy) is no stranger to bad ideas. Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Law Abiding Citizens is also possibly on board as screenwriter (that aspect of the story is a little fuzzy, for ... er ... anonymous reasons).

It does sound a little far-fetched, but I might note that The Hollywood Cog has been way ahead of the curve on Mattel projects before: He announced that they were making the Monster High family horror musical movie back in February, five months before Mattel released a press release confirming it. Of course, just because a studio puts a project into development doesn't mean that it'll ever see the big screen, but this one has big talent involved, and it may ultimately come down to the performance of Real Steel and whether it portends a box-office future for robot/human stories.

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