Shawn Levy & Hugh Jackman Are Still Trying to Make 'Real Steel 2'
Before the robot boxing sci-fi flick Real Steel hit theaters in the fall of 2011, DreamWorks had already commissioned the first film's writer John Gatins to write a sequel. But as the release of the film got closer, it wasn't clear how quickly a sequel would happen, mostly because of Hugh Jackman's busy schedule, which always seems to be filling up fast. We've assumed the project was abandoned, but while director Shawn Levy was at TIFF for the premiere of his promising family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, he revealed that they've been quietly trying to get the film made. Read on!
When asked about Real Steel 2, here's what Levy told ComingSoon:
"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."
As someone who immensely enjoyed Real Steel, I'm definitely interested in seeing what Levy and Jackman can come up with. But at the same time, it's been three years since the first one came out, and Jackman seems pretty busy until 2016. That means Dakota Goyo, the kid who plays Jackman's son (and also played young Thor), is getting older, and a lot of story time would likely need to pass for the sequel to work. But maybe that real-time passage could make for an interesting sequel with Jackman having to deal with his son's teenage years. Stay tuned to see if Real Steel 2 ever happens. Do you want to see the sequel?