Hugh Jackman Confirmed to Star in Shawn Levy's Real Steel

November 24, 2009

Hugh Jackman

The freshly funded (with $825 million) DreamWorks has greenlit its first project - Real Steel, which will be directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and star Hugh Jackman. You've probably heard about this project before, as we've written about it twice before. Real Steel is a futuristic Rocky-esque story about a father and son who take their human-like 2000-pound robot to the Bot Boxing Championship. It's originally based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted by Dan Gilroy (Freejack, The Fall) in 2005 (that draft was sold to DreamWorks for $850,000) then revised by John Gatins (Hardball, Coach Carter).

Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider will both be producing at DreamWorks, the first movie they've greenlit since splitting with Universal. The budget will reportedly be about $80 million, which is less than most of Spielberg's big projects these days. Peter from SlashFilm is actually concerned, saying: "But can they make a big sci-fi movie for $80 million? That’s about half to one third of the average big hollywood sci-fi tentpole release now-a-days." Indeed it is, but I think Levy and Spielberg should be able to pull this off. Or so I hope. Production is slated to start in June next year. I wonder who they'll find for the 11-year-old kid in this?

"When we took it with us, we really highlighted it as something we would put the pedal to metal on," said DreamWorks co-president of production Mark Sourian. "It's a project that Steven always wanted to do. It just came together rapidly after we left Paramount." To add more to the plot, Jackman will play a struggling Robot Boxing promoter who finds a discarded robot that always seems to win and discovers he has a son. Levy describes this as a "rousing sports movie," explaining that Jackman's character is "a former boxer who can no longer do the only job he's good at, and one particular robot that may be his return to grace."

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Seeing the "rock'em sock'em robots" in the background kinda makes me worried. Well when I see a trailer I'll be able to see if I'll pay my $5.00 😀

Bry from Chi on Nov 24, 2009


I'm a huge Hugh Jackman fan so whether that's good or not I'll see it.

:P on Nov 24, 2009


Well I love Hugh Jackman so I will be seeing this but it sounds very similar to the plot of the terrible Over the Top. If anyone has seen that film then they know that the plot isn't the strongest. So I am a little worried.

Maxx on Nov 24, 2009


I watched the Twilight zone seriers epidsode steel with Lee Marvin i like it i think hugh jackman will fit in to this film and do agood job shall watch with intrest.:D

Cineprog on Nov 24, 2009


Holy crapola I didn't read that it is based off a Richard Matheson story...This changes everything for me. I love all of his stories. I did hate how they massacred I am Legend though...

Maxx on Nov 24, 2009


#2 Said what i wanted to say.

Fisherr on Nov 24, 2009

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