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.