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Jackman Promotes REAL STEEL

Hugh Jackman in talks to lead Robot Boxing.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 01, 2009
Source: Variety


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Hugh Jackman won't have to worry about annoying cell phone users in his next project. Not with giant boxing robots involved. A few days after stopping his Broadway play, "A Steady Rain," to publicly scold a cell phone abuser in the audience, Variety reports the actor is in talks to join Real Steel. Jackman would lead the film as an ex-boxer looking to promote the future world of robot boxing.

Director Shawn Levy is set to helm the production for DreamWorks and is working alongside screenwriter John Gatins on a draft rewrite. Levy, Angry Films' Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg and ImageMovers troika Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. Production is set to begin in May.

Plot Concept: Based on a short story by Richard Matheson and originally adapted into a "Twilight Zone" episode, the story centers on an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2,000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter's access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he's the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

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Clownican 10/1/2009 2:13:47 AM

All I have to say is.....

WHAT?

Chopsaki 10/1/2009 3:26:40 AM

I'm guessing the demo for this movie will be 12 years old and under.

marcd30319 10/1/2009 4:20:45 AM

So Hollywood is now recycling old Twilight Zone TV episode for its feature movies now? 

noahbody 10/1/2009 4:33:43 AM

Rock em Sock em the movie

dragon261 10/1/2009 4:35:19 AM

I Robot meets Rocky. Roborocky at the end yells Adrian!

martin513 10/1/2009 5:07:46 AM

This sounds like a remake of "Robot Jox"  --

monkeyfoot 10/1/2009 7:12:23 AM

True, this has a feel that might be similar to Robo-Jox or Transformers, but the intial short story is from Richard Matheson, a SF writer with more filmed versions of his stories than any other in the genre. From 3 versions of I Am Legend, Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time, a googleplex of Twilight Zone episodes, including the upcoming The Box which has also been made into a film directed by Richard Kelly. Here is a synopsis of the TZ episode "Steel" that this is based on. Warning contains spoilers:

http://twilightzoneproject.blogspot.com/2007/06/502-steel.html  

I'm sure they will probably use elements from some of the now popular shape-shifting mecha movies but hopefully its pedigree will make it a well-done story and not just another "blowt stuff up reel guud" film.

Calibur454 10/1/2009 7:34:59 AM

Monkeyfoot- since when does hollywood ever stick to the source material for a project like this. I don't have any hopes for this one at all.

Wiseguy 10/1/2009 8:18:13 AM

Even though it sounds somewhat silly I'll probably check it out if the action and effects look good enough. But it sounds like it should be a cartoon for kids

fft5305 10/1/2009 10:01:34 AM

This is basically Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Just like they've been capitalizing on every other toy and board game from my childhood...

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