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Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots movie to battle Real Steel?

06.24.2010

What the hell? Until now, I was pretty sure that REAL STEEL, the robot boxing movie with Hugh Jackman, was loosely based on the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robot toy of my childhood, but I guess not. Apparently, thinking that fighting robots are the new vampires between STEEL, TRANSFORMERS and IRON MAN, Mattel’s ROCK ‘EM is apparently trying to get its own film off the ground.

This news comes from Pajiba’s generally reliable Hollywood Cog source, and claims that TROY’s Wolfgang Peterson is currently attached to the project, described as “Gladiator meets Iron Man, and it’s the human story of one robot that becomes part human, part robot.”

I’m not sure what the hell that last sentence meant, but OK. A robot gladiator match seems kind of way cooler than simple robot boxing, but with Wolfgang at the helm, and the fact that this is fundamentally toy-based, this is probably far from a good idea.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, it's possible this all might turn out to be nothing, and I bet with enough negative press the public might be able to kill this idea before it takes off.

Extra Tidbit: You couldn't actually title a film, ROCK 'EM, SOCK 'EM ROBOT could you? If not, then what's the point of the brand association at all?
Source: Pajiba

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2:29AM on 06/25/2010
No matter how good the script might be, Petersen has made a good film since "The Neverending Story", so I'm going to pass.
No matter how good the script might be, Petersen has made a good film since "The Neverending Story", so I'm going to pass.
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8:52PM on 06/24/2010
"Pardon me, gentlemen, but have either of you seen a cowboy doll with a bad arm?"

"Why, no. I haven't."

"HEY! HE WAS TALKING TO ME!"

"NO! HE WAS TALKING TO ME!"

"Why, you! I'll...!"

[They both fight until the red robot's head pops up]

One of my favorite scenes in Toy Story 2. No Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em robot movie could ever top this scene.
"Pardon me, gentlemen, but have either of you seen a cowboy doll with a bad arm?"

"Why, no. I haven't."

"HEY! HE WAS TALKING TO ME!"

"NO! HE WAS TALKING TO ME!"

"Why, you! I'll...!"

[They both fight until the red robot's head pops up]

One of my favorite scenes in Toy Story 2. No Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em robot movie could ever top this scene.
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4:37PM on 06/24/2010

you guys!!!

If someone makes a good movie... who cares what the film is based on. if it's good, it's good.. go ahead, make a shoots & ladders film. if it rocks, everyone wins... BUT, these ideas do sound strange... wait and see.
If someone makes a good movie... who cares what the film is based on. if it's good, it's good.. go ahead, make a shoots & ladders film. if it rocks, everyone wins... BUT, these ideas do sound strange... wait and see.
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4:22PM on 06/24/2010

sounds like....



















































....fail.


















































....fail.
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4:14PM on 06/24/2010

NOOOOO

Real Steel should be the only one. I am tired of productions copying each other all the time. Every year there are three movies that are alike.
Real Steel should be the only one. I am tired of productions copying each other all the time. Every year there are three movies that are alike.
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4:06PM on 06/24/2010

OOPS

double post
double post
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4:04PM on 06/24/2010

“Gladiator meets Iron Man, and it’s the human story of one robot that becomes part human, part robot.”

wow, that's a really weak pitch.
wow, that's a really weak pitch.
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7:33PM on 06/24/2010
"... and learns to Love."
"... and learns to Love."
3:52PM on 06/24/2010
Does that mean Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Connect 4 and Playdough are all getting movie development deals as well?
Does that mean Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Connect 4 and Playdough are all getting movie development deals as well?
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4:05PM on 06/24/2010
Playdough: the movie. "it's the Blob meets Inception. it's the human story of a man who has the ability to shape his life into his deepest desires"
Playdough: the movie. "it's the Blob meets Inception. it's the human story of a man who has the ability to shape his life into his deepest desires"
3:48PM on 06/24/2010

where's the robot in either im or gladiator?

this sounds stupid as shit.
this sounds stupid as shit.
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2:49PM on 06/24/2010
All it needs is a stammering, teenage, doofus, with a pornstar looking girlfriend.
All it needs is a stammering, teenage, doofus, with a pornstar looking girlfriend.
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2:35PM on 06/24/2010
Ermm...Iron Man meets Gladiator? I'm finding it extremely hard to even picture something remotely close to that line.
Ermm...Iron Man meets Gladiator? I'm finding it extremely hard to even picture something remotely close to that line.
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2:17PM on 06/24/2010

You could call it "ROCK 'EM SOCK 'EM.

Think about it, how cool would that look on a marquee? You could have two teasers, one the red one saying "ROCK 'EM", the blue one saying "SOCK 'EM"... as for REAL STEEL, it's based on a Richard Matheson short story, already filmed as a Twilight Zone episode.
Think about it, how cool would that look on a marquee? You could have two teasers, one the red one saying "ROCK 'EM", the blue one saying "SOCK 'EM"... as for REAL STEEL, it's based on a Richard Matheson short story, already filmed as a Twilight Zone episode.
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