2. Big Trak
The Talent: Vin Diesel, director Rob Cohen
The Pitch: Remember when Hollywood used to make movies about secret new technology that the military lets a lone wolf commander take out and fight evil with?
This is a throwback to that very era, with Diesel as Sgt Simon Rockhard, put in charge of the Big TRAK (Tactical Response And Killing unit) after his civil rights lawyer wife is killed by an evil tank manufacturer.
What does he do? Goes after the villain, of course!
It's the sort of thing Diesel and Cohen can do in their sleep. And they probably will.
The Cost: $110 million, though the price will balloon during production as Cohen convinces the studio head he really needs 17 extra shots of Big Trak driving over cars on a busy freeway to sell Diesel's "emotional pain".
The Box Office: $75 million, and Cohen is ordered to go make Stealth 2 as punishment.
Next: Rubik's Cube