Shawn Levy is a busy guy these days with a new season of Stranger Things and the movie version of Uncharted on the way, but in Hollywood you’re never too busy to revisit past successes. Take Real Steel, a surprise success on the part of Levy, a touching father-son story that was written off as “Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots the Movie,” which was a critical and commercial hit in 2011. Normally when a family film makes $299 million at the worldwide box office a sequel is inevitable, but five years later there’s still no Real Steel 2, so what gives? It turns out that Levy doesn’t find the idea immediately appealing. (more…)
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. (more…)
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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.
You’ve seen the trailer for Real Steel on NerdBastards, now see the “Real Steel Featurette.” Don’t be surprised that it’s really just that same trailer with some commentary from each star and director inserted at key moments. This NerdBastard wouldn’t even call it a “Featurette,” it’s more of an “After Thought.”
Real Steel Marketeer – “We need to put something out there to keep up interest!”
Real Steel Producer – “But I don’t want to spend much on it!”
Real Steel Marketeer – “Didn’t they do some of those “The Cast Talks” clips for the DVD release?”
Real Steel – “Yeah lets use those! There’s no reason to really show something interesting.”
The trailer for Hugh Jackman‘s new movie Real Steel hit the internet this week. I wasn’t expecting much and was suprised that I actually want to see this movie.
In the film Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
The story might have some depth beyond the enjoyment of seeing huge robots beat the crap out of each other. The father son relationship and back story of redemption in his son’s eyes might make this movie entertaining.
Check out the trailer below and let NerdBastards know what you think.
According to GeekTyrant, there is a distinct possibility that Jackman could end starring in the 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage set to be directed by Shawn Levy (director of Jackman’s upcoming film Real Steel, which I am on the fence about). Jackman and robot boxing? It could be good, or just an absolute train wreck.
The original film was incredible … or day I say, fantastic?
The film was made during the Cold War, and revolved around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. They then travelled around the body of the scientist, trying to elude the body’s defenses and save not only the scientist’s life, but their own as well. The special effects were incredible back then, and with CGI effects, it could be that way again. The new film will follow the original story, except the Cold War part.
What do you think of this intriguing little rumor?
Wow. I don’t know what to say about this flick. The concept of Real Steel is so mind numbingly stupid and early 90’s cheese ala’ Hardware or Robo Wars that you want to run away blindly from its mediocrity screaming. But I digress, looking dark and broody, I was drawn into the story starting off as Hugh Jackman as a washed up ex-Rocky boxer now a small time promoter. When the robots are introduced to this mix you have forgotten that it was a sci-fi drama with the bots looking –NO EMBELLISHMENT– like the same models as your Rock’em Sock’em’s were as a child. It also looks like the Transformers may have been tapped as extras, confining them to a ring to fight in. I’m excited to see what else they release in the future as extended length trailer time.We also have the synopsis for deeper details.
Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.