When the first Real Steel trailer hit late last year it didn’t look like franchise material, but according to Deadline DreamWorks “has gotten strong response to internal screenings of the film” and has re-hired John Gatins, who wrote the first film, to start on the second.
Real Steel, set for release in October, takes place in 2020 and features Hugh Jackman as an out-of-work fighter who bonds with his estranged son when they go to work rescuing a junkyard find named Atom, and grooming it as a potential champion in the World Robot Boxing league. The movie also stars Evangeline Lilly (Lost) as a friend of Jackman, Dakota Goyo as Jackman’s young son and Kevin Durand (Wolverine) as a boxing promoter
The film is directed by Shawn Levy who was offered the job by Steven Spielberg. After directing a bunch of comedies such as Date Night and Night at the Museum he wanted to do something different, so he accepted.