Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the action comedy "The Machine" for MGM and One Race Films.
The project marks a reunion between Shankman and actor Vin Diesel who both worked together on the comedy "The Pacifier".
Diesel will star as 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.
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant ("Night At The Museum") penned the original script with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar working on the most recent draft.
Diesel, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce.