The Disney+ streaming platform is developing a series based on the film Real Steel with Shawn Levy returning to the franchise.
In 2011, the family spirit of Amblin met Rocky in Real Steel, a feature film in which Hugh Jackman plays a failed father and a fallen boxer who has left the gloves in the locker room since humans were replaced by robots in the ring. Without going so far as to speak of a small masterpiece, the film directed by Shawn Levy (Free Guy, Night at the Museum) turned out to be effective, entertaining and visually impressive entertainment.
With its budget of 110 million dollars and despite rather encouraging reviews, Real Steel raked in just $85 million at the domestic box office, but still grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, enough to consider a sequel and the launch of a new mainstream franchise. Except things turned out differently.
In 2016, during the promotional tour for the second season of Stranger Things, Shawn Levy had said that a sequel had tried to see the light of day several times. Different authors have succeeded in writing it, but no version of the screenplay pleased Levy, Jackman and Steven Spielberg who was executive producer of the first part. Still according to the words of the director, all three then had the feeling that nothing justified really a new story or a new movie.
Last year, however, Shawn Levy changed his tune and once again raised the possibility of a sequel or a series on Disney+. And according to Variety, the studio finally gave the green light sincea spin-off series is well into the early stages of development on the streaming platform. The project is still in its infancy, no screenwriter has been appointed for the moment.
Hugh Jackman et Dakota Goyo
It is therefore not yet known if the series will follow the events of the original film or if it will take a completely different direction by focusing on new characters. In which case, we can still expect cameos from the original cast, in particular Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie and Evangeline Lilly, or at least references to Charlie and Max Kenton, Atom or Zeus.
The executive producers of this Disney+ series will be Shawn Levy via his company 21 Laps, but also Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine, Susan Montford and Don Murphy. Shawn Levy has also returned to his directorial role for his upcoming SF comedy, The Adam Project, with Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Jennifer Garner, expected on March 11, 2022 on Netflix.