Monday, September 26, 2011

Director Shawn Levy Confirms REAL STEEL 2 With Jackman Returning!

REAL STEEL hasn't even hit theaters yet but that's not stopping REAL STEEL 2 from being green lit. Director Shawn Levy confirms that he'll be back along with the major cast

Levy talked to The Playlist and here's some of what he had to say about the sequel;

"Yes, well, the studio’s faith is very strong. 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."

He confirms the cast returning;

"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. The robot design in the sequel are less anthropomorphic and a little more trippy."

It looks like he'll be juggling some projects including 
Frankenstein and Fantastic Voyage.

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. It will be November before we know." And how will Hugh Jackman's schedule effect when we'll get to see the sequel? "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." 

They must really have a strong follow up story to go ahead and commit to this! Real Steel hits theaters on October 7th.

You can read more of this interview by hitting the link below.

Source: IndieWire via CBM

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