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Briefly: That reunion of The Pacifier crew for which you’ve been pining is about to happen. Adam Shankman, who directed Vin Diesel in that family comedy, will call the shots for the actor once more in the action/comedy film The Machine. The new project was written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who also wrote The Pacifier (and scripted the Night at the Museum movies in addition to stuff like Reno 911! and The State.) Alfred Gough and Miles Millar recently revised their script.

Deadline says that Diesel’s character is “a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.” So it’s also a little like The Iron Giant, which featured Diesel as the voice of the title character.

By the time this one comes out, we’ll just about be at the ten-year anniversary of The Pacifier. Get your celebration plans set now.

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[Obligatory Pink Floyd song reference.] OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. MGM is back in the production game, and the studio’s first new project is The Machine, produced by and starring Vin Diesel. (Who is probably still floating several inches above the ground as part of his post-Fast Five high.) But here’s the other part: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant wrote the script, and are also producers. Now this might be interesting. Read More »

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