There really are few things cooler than watching giant robots knock the shit out of each other. This is probably the only reason that Michael Bay’s Transformers series continues to thrive at the box office in the face of critical failure. Back in 2011, Real Steel used this love of watching giant bots fight as the backbone to a wonderful father/son story that grossed close to $300mil worldwide and fans have been calling for a sequel ever since the final credits wrapped up. While both director Shawn Levy (Date Night) and star Hugh Jackman signed on for the sequel before the first movie was released, based solely on audience reaction to advance screenings, there really has been no news regarding the proposed sequel. Levy has finally changed all of that by giving fans an update on Real Steel 2.
Levy is currently making the rounds for his newest project, This is Where I Leave You, and spoke with Superhero Hype about the long-gestating sequel.
“We have been quietly developing a sequel to ‘Real Steel’ for three and a half years. We’ve come up with some great scripts but Hugh and I would only make it if the plot feels fresh, but also the character journeys feel fresh, and we’ve found both but never at the same time. It’s ongoing. I know the clock is ticking. That movie, weirdly, for a movie that did very well globally–it did okay domestically–but the love for ‘Real Steel’ remains kind of unique as far as rabid fans who ask me all the time for another one. Hugh and I love that movie so if we can crack it, we’ll make it, but I have this sense that we better make that happen soon or frankly, the audience may not be there in the same way. So we shall see.”
The most important nugget to take away from this is the fact that both he and Jackman will only move forward with a sequel if it is a “fresh” take on the story. Jackman is one of those actors who continues to draw audiences despite a misstep here and there and the same can be said of Levy as a director. So, the fact that they want to make sure they have a story that both of them can agree on is probably a very good thing. After all, we don’t want them to rush into it and wind up giving us a movie that is identical to the first or, worse yet, another Robot Jox.
The first movie is based on a short story published in 1956 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which was previously adapted for the small screen in 1963 for an episode of The Twilight Zone. Unlike many of the science fiction adaptations that we see today, Real Steel has no further material to draw from, which means that the sequel will have to be created out of whole cloth, which gives the filmmakers a whole universe to play with, and it could be very cool to see where the story goes.
Many sequels fail to recapture the magic of the original because they choose to simply rehash old ground rather than letting the story grow along with the character. In this case, with both Levy and Jackman waiting on a good script, chances are that the Real Steel sequel that audiences get will be the movie that fans deserve. If you never gave the family friendly flick a chance, give it a shot. It is a lot of fun and it truly deserves a fitting sequel.
Source: Superhero Hype