The science fiction film “Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman in the cast will be entitled to a series adaptation. Rumors of sequels were mentioned recently, but Disney + has decided to favor the series format.
Boxing fights with robots
In 2011 came out RealSteel by Shawn Levy. After having directed in particular the first two opuses of Night at the Museum (2006 and 2009), then comedy crazy night (2010), the filmmaker was embarking on a rather different genre. He directed for the occasion Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly in a film mixing science fiction and boxing. We follow Charlie (Hugh Jackman), a former boxer who lost his place when robots were created to enter the ring. Imposing machines of more than two meters against which a human would have no chance. Charlie therefore had to limit himself to a managerial role for low-end robots.
But following the death of his ex-wife, he will have to take care of his son. At first reluctant and ready to part with him as soon as he has the opportunity, he will finally establish a real relationship with him around boxing. Together they go build and train a robot in order to make him a champion.
Note that the film takes place in the near future… In 2020. Today we can see that the “forecasts” of Shawn Levy’s film have not come true. But that doesn’t take anything away the entertaining and effective nature of the film. In addition, the original screenplay was originally written by Dan Gilroy based on the short story L’Indéracinable (1956) by Richard Matheson (author notably of the novel I’m a legend).
No further for RealSteel, but a series
On its theatrical release, RealSteel grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. A good score for a film that cost 110 million. Despite this, no sequel was subsequently made. Recently, the director revived this idea but nothing concrete. On the other hand, we now learn by variety than Disney+ wants to start a series. It will be a direct adaptation of the 2011 film, with Shawn Levy appearing as executive producer. A good way for Disney to promote its streaming platform a little more while taking less risk than with a 100 million dollar film.
It is not yet known whether Hugh Jackman or other performers will return. But we think that there will be discussions soon on this subject. Production is in its infancy and no release date has been announced.