Vin Diesel is already associated with an array of film franchises, seen onscreen in iconic bald fashion as Dominic Toretto in the ultra-lucrative Fast & Furious films, the titular last Furyan of the Riddick films and as a tattooed modern-day James Bond in the xXx films, as well as providing the voice of Groot (both versions,) in the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Indeed, Diesel is set to reprise ALL of those roles (and more,) at some point soon. Yet, he’s just nabbed another one, called Muscle!
STX films has just announced that Vin Diesel will star in Muscle, which is being described as an action-comedy film for which the studio has franchise aspirations. Diesel will not only serve as the would-be film franchise’s star, but will produce, joined in that capacity by One Race Films’ Samantha Vincent, along with Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips, who brought the project to STX.
That is the extent of the details on the Muscle mystery movie. However, with the industry as retro-IP-happy as it is, there is speculation in the air that Muscle is actually set to be a film adaptation of M.U.S.C.L.E., a 1980s line of pocket-sized wrestling toys.
M.U.S.C.L.E., which launched in Japan in 1983 as Kinkeshi, started out as a line of novelty erasers made in the shape of outrageous, sometimes-monstrous, wrestling characters, later released in plastic form. Under the name, M.U.S.C.L.E. (an acronym for “Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere), the line debuted in the U.S. in 1985, a year in which pro wrestling was riding a wave of mainstream momentum, notably in the aftermath of WWF/WWE’s first WrestleMania. The M.U.S.C.L.E. property still maintains a fanbase and serves as thematic fodder for retro toys to this day. – For now, though, the M.U.S.C.L.E. narrative remains unconfirmed.
Regardless, this is yet another film franchise feather in Diesel’s resume cap. Besides Muscle and the aforementioned Fast & Furious, Riddick, xXx and Guardians of the Galaxy gigs, he’s also set to jump to a non-Marvel comic book film franchise to play the nanite-enhanced title character in an adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot. He’ll next be seen (in non-Groot form,) in Fast & Furious 9, which is set to arrive on April 10, 2020. That will be followed, just one year later, by Fast & Furious 10, purportedly the final film in the main series.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Muscle as the news arrives.