Real Steel is two weeks away from hitting theater screens, but it looks like Shawn Levy directed film might have a sequel sooner then expected. Who knew Hugh Jackman and rock em’, sock em’ robots would be so damn popular? Actually, that was a stupid question. Real Steal has no chance of flopping. Especially since three Transformers movies showed that people love robots no matter the quality.
Levy confirmed to Playlist that he is signed on to direct the sequel and that the principal cast members will reprise their roles. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“I will produce and direct again, yeah. Hugh’s definitely in and, certainly, I can’t give away too much, but Dakota [Goyo], Evangeline [Lilly] and Hugh [Jackman] are all a big part of the sequel. It is the same characters, the next chapter. It delves into the fallout of the new fame and money that the Kentons are going to have as a result of Zeus-Atom fight. It also delves into something I thought was a cool aspect of the movie that I didn’t have time to get into, which is the class warfare between the underground unsanctioned world of robot boxing and the monetized corporately funded league. The truth is, it’s not unlike the way boxing saw its popularity contested with the rise of a more violent, less rule-bound MMA.”
So it seems that Shawn, Hugh Jackman and most of the principle cast will return, but that’s only if the film does well on and after the October 7th weekend release. Which again, based of prior robot film success, will be a sure-thing financially.
Levy expects the budget for the sequel to rise as well, allowing for more visual effects and a wider range of metal on metal violence. You can’t just pay fighting robots in lug nuts and WD-40 “massages” after all.
“Real Steel” opens in theaters nationwide on October 7th.
Via: Indie Wire