Diesel Gets Behind Wheelman

Action star and video-game entrepreneur Vin Diesel is teaming with Midway Games and Viacom’s MTV Games, MTV Films and Paramount Pictures to launch a new game and feature film property titled The Wheelman. MTV Films and Paramount Pictures have purchased motion picture rights to the video game, which Diesel is developing through his Tigon Studios. The Fast and the Furious actor will also star in the film.

In the movie and game, Diesel will play an expert wheelman who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past. Scribe Rich Wilkes, who worked with Diesel on XXX, has been tapped to write the screenplay. Overseeing the production for MTV Films is exec VP David Gale, senior VP of development Loretha Jones and senior director of development. Jason Weiss. Heading up efforts for Paramount are senior VP of production Dan Levine, VP of production Matt Jackson and director of creative affairs Eben Davidson. Overseeing for Tigon Studios are VP Samantha Vincent and product development exec Coz Lazouras.

The Wheelman will be the second of three titles produced under the recently announced MTV Networks/Midway partnership to market, jointly sell in-game advertising and collaborate on soundtrack development.

“We believe The Wheelman is a groundbreaking new model for our industry,” says Midway president and CEO David F. Zucker. “We intend to create a broad-arcing experience, simultaneously developing entertainment properties across a number of mediums, with Vin Diesel right at the center of it all.”.

Diesel, who voiced the title role in director Broad Bird’s acclaimed animated favorite, The Iron Giant, can next be seen starring in Sidney Lumet’s Find Me Guilty, a courtroom drama that opens nationwide March 17th. He founded Tigon Studios in 2002 and previously released the well-received The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.