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Shawn Levy Confirms He'll Direct 'Real Steel 2,' But Will Have To Wait For Busy Hugh Jackman

by Jeff Otto
September 25, 2011 3:39 AM
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Casting Will Decide Whether The Director Shoots 'Fantastic Voyage' Or 'Frankenstein' Next Spring



Exclusive: Director Shawn Levy is still two weeks away from the release of his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” but development work has already begun on a sequel. It’s a show of faith from DreamWorks and producer Steven Spielberg.

“Yes, well, the studio’s faith is very strong,” Levy told The Playlist during a recent interview in Los Angeles. “Even 'Night at the Museum' didn’t test like this. People were cheering in a movie theater. The last time I remember that happening was in 'Rocky III' with Clubber Lang or even against Drago in 'Rocky IV.' So we got that kind of visceral reaction from audiences and the studio not only took the bullish move of developing a sequel and asking me to sign on but then also didn’t deny it when it leaked in the press. That was a show of confidence that hopefully we will reward.”

Levy also confirmed to Playlist that he is signed on to direct the sequel and that the principal cast members will reprise their roles. “I will produce and direct again, yeah. Hugh’s definitely in and, certainly, I can’t give away too much, but Dakota [Goyo], Evangeline [Lilly] and Hugh [Jackman] are all a big part of the sequel. It is the same characters, the next chapter. It delves into the fallout of the new fame and money that the Kentons are going to have as a result of Zeus-Atom fight. It also delves into something I thought was a cool aspect of the movie that I didn’t have time to get into, which is the class warfare between the underground unsanctioned world of robot boxing and the monetized corporately funded league. The truth is, it’s not unlike the way boxing saw its popularity contested with the rise of a more violent, less rule-bound MMA.”


We asked Levy how quickly the studio would green light the sequel and whether it could jump ahead of previously announced projects “Frankenstein” and “Fantastic Voyage.” “I don’t think it can,” admits Levy. “I think 'Real Steel' will open strong, but I think it’s going to run stronger. There’s only so much you can tell about this movie in a commercial. The movie reveals itself as a whole. So, in the same way that 'Date Night' and 'Night at the Museum' did not open massive, it will be the legs. I’ve been lucky with the legs in my movies and I think 'Real Steel' can have that. So it wouldn’t be the Monday after opening weekend. It’s gonna be a month. It will be November before we know. But Hugh is on 'Les Miserables' at least into early summer and quite possibly right into 'Wolvy' after that. I need to wait and see what shakes out with Hugh’s schedule and mine. But we are both committed to the sequel if this movie is a hit.”

The rumored budget for the first movie was only $80 million, a surprisingly low number for this level of scope and visual effects. Levy expects that budget to rise for part two. “Generally that holds true,” Levy laughs. “I’m not complaining. I had enough this time, but I want to blow things out. The robot design in the sequel are less anthropomorphic and a little more trippy."

When asked about those other two rather large projects Levy is tied to, “Frankenstein” and “Fantastic Voyage,” the director seemed to steer the conversation towards the latter, which was surprising considering the recent rumors that he and 'Voyage' producer James Cameron disagreed on the necessity of an A-lister in the lead role. “That was an internet rumor. The truth is that it’s a very expensive movie. I have always felt that I want a certain heft to the casting of 'Fan Voyage.' Jim hasn’t really weighed in strongly for or against other than to say, ‘Whatever you want to make it work, that’s what we’re going to try to make happen.’ So no one ever said, ‘Let’s make it with nobody.’ It was me who said I want to make it with someone of note. Because I think it’s a familiar title and it’s certainly an unbelievably cool science fiction/action movie underwater in 3D. It’s got a lot going for it. There’s a few actors in my mind that are of the bigger star ilk and I’m leaning that way.”

“I love both movies. I’m pretty sure I’m going to make one of them this spring," Levy continued about what his next project will be. "I can’t tell you with certainty which. But I have awesome scripts on both, awesome collaborators on both. It’s a matter of the right actors being available in the right moment.”

“Real Steel” opens in theaters nationwide on October 7th.

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17 Comments

  • ashley | March 22, 2013 1:14 AMReply

    Best movie ever!!!

  • addy | September 1, 2012 6:07 AMReply

    its reallllllllly...awesummmmmmm movie...hav seen it 32 times...luv this movie....hugh was amazing when punched zuez in the air

  • Jenny | July 28, 2012 10:43 PMReply

    PLEASE MAKE IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MY LITTLE BROTHER ALWAYS WANTS TO WATCH IT DAY AND NIGHT ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY BUT ITS STILL A GOOD MOVIE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ATOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Please be soon | June 3, 2012 11:52 AMReply

    When is the Real Steel 2 coming out?

  • ojasvi sharma | May 25, 2012 1:53 PMReply

    i like yhis movie very much .............
    i think that real steel wiil also ba released

  • addy | September 1, 2012 6:08 AM

    hey ojasvi sabr ka fal mitha hota hai...

  • Taha ( TAS) | May 11, 2012 2:24 AMReply

    REAL STEEL was amazing movie with hugh jackman and dakota goyo . dakota goyo is one of my favourite youngest star. I will not wait to more for real steel 2 come back soon ..and all the best for real steel 2 dakota goyo we loves you.

  • Jay Lo | March 24, 2012 10:22 AMReply

    Awesome article! Now this has me excited for the next dose of Real Steel. I thought this first one was awesome and now there will be a second. I just watched Real Steel for the fourth time and its one of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed the story line and Hugh Jackman is a great actor and I loved his performance. I love to watch movies and I use my Blockbuster @ Home feature where I get unlimited access to TV shows movies and games. I can still stream my favorite shows to my iPad or TV while I wait for my next DVD to my door. I also get new movies a month before I did with Netflix which is a great way for me to get all my entertainment needs for $10 per month. This was easy to add to my DISH employee service.

  • Jennifer | March 16, 2012 9:18 AMReply

    I can not wait!!!The Real Steel, is very nice!I love it!!

  • addy | September 1, 2012 6:09 AM

    oooow....same here

  • Natalie Jones | February 27, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    I loved the first film, I liked the mix of action along with family entertainment. As well as visual effects

    I hope they make a sequel, I really want to see what will happen

  • Luke Frohling | February 1, 2012 4:56 AMReply

    Great movie~~~~!!!
    I hope they do make the sequel- Hugh is great in anything (as much as I've seen anyway)

  • sam | January 4, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    The truth is, it’s not unlike the way boxing saw its popularity contested with the rise of a more violent, less rule-bound MMA.”

    doesnt make sense considering boxers tend to have long term brain damage while MMA fighters have a broken bone that heals over time?
    people see some blood and call it violent when MMA has countless rules to prevent serious damage

  • Bryn | November 9, 2011 7:57 PMReply

    People either hate 3D or love 3D. I would have loved this first movie to be in 3D but hope that the second one is done in 3D, it would boost the "spectacle" of the robots a lot.

  • j | September 26, 2011 3:38 AMReply

    "The truth is, it’s not unlike the way boxing saw its popularity contested with the rise of a more violent, less rule-bound MMA"

    Proves what an idiot he is. MMA does not have less rules than boxing. Wait until Dana hears about this quote from this idiot.

  • Paul | September 26, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    Real Steel is apparently gangbusters. It's just a well made family film. Shouldn't flop. Especially since three Transformers movies showed that people love robots no matter the quality.

  • MJM | September 25, 2011 4:20 AMReply

    Aren't we cocky? Better hope the first one doesn't flop!

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