Director Shawn Levy talks about plans for Real Steel 2. The sequel will involve more robot fights, and more Hugh Jackman.
DreamWorks started working on a sequel to Real Steel way before the film was actually released in October. John Gatins, who wrote the screenplay for the first film, was re-hired, but the sequel wouldn’t move forward unless Real Steel was a success.
In a new interview director Shawn Levy said he’s talking will DreamWorks about making the next film, and he expects the script to be delivered soon.
“I speak to [DreamWorks Co-Chariman/CEO] Stacey Snider every week and we’re getting our script within the next two weeks. I’ll just say that—I mean look, $300 million worldwide, that’s a good number for a movie that cost just north of $100 million. The DVD seems to be articulating, the sales of the DVD seems to be speaking to a fanbase that now exists, whether it’s from having seen the feature or being curious and seeking it out on Blu-ray. I’ll just say that those numbers with the box office, with the toy sales, they’ve all got us thinking and they do have us talking. So it’s a maybe with a capital ‘M’ (laughs). I just made up that incredibly pretentious expression.”
‘What are the things about that movie that people are responding to?’ Yes it’s the fights, but it was really that father-son heart of the movie, and the wish fulfillment of like ‘What if you could be that kid?’ and the good movies, whether it’s The Goonies or whatever, it’s going to tap into the kid version of us. I think that’s what Night at the Museum did and I think that’s what Real Steel did and so we’re certainly kind of tweaking the sequel script based on an awareness now that that is what happened with Real Steel.”
If and when we see a Real Steel 2 will probably depend on the schedules of both Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy. Jackman is always in demand, and Levy is attached to direct James Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage, as well as Pinocchio prequel The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto. He will also direct a new Frankenstein movie written by Max Landis (Chronicle) for 20th Century Fox.
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