Get Smart director Peter Segal is in talks with MGM to direct the Vin Diesel action film The Machine. The movie is based on an "original concept" written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. In the story Diesel plays "a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Two decades after the government halted the project for unknown reasons, a child finds and befriends the machine."
Children befriending robots is nothing new, but it will be interesting to see what kind of story they build around the concept. Segal's already attached to direct a couple of other projects, so who knows if he will be able to take this on. As of right now he's attached to develop Grudge Match and Bleach for Warner Bros. If he does end up taking on The Machine it probably wont happen until he's finished developing those projects.
Segal has made some good films in his career, mostly comedies, but nothing that has completely blown me away. Not sure if he has it in him. The films that he has lined up are unlike anything he's done before though, so I'm interested in seeing how he does with them.