Until we learn more about Shawn Levy's upcoming adaptation of Richard Matheson's Real Steel, I will continue to use the picture above, taken from the Twilight Zone episode based on the same story. I think it's only appropriate. I also think it's hilarious, even if no one else does.
Well, we are learning more about Real Steel. Coming Soon spoke with Levy and dislodged a tidbit or two for your reading pleasure. If you're interested in Boxing Robots of The Future, you should check out the whole interview, but here are the broad strokes for lazy folks like you and me. Breakin' out the bullet points:
-Real Steel is about a retired boxer played by Hugh Jackman who turned to "managing" when humans were replaced in the ring by 2000 pound robots. Jackman meets the young son he abandoned. They bond. His newest robot starts winning a lot. Levy compares the story to Rocky. I think we can see where it goes from there.
-The robots themselves will be motion captured. How they will fight or what they will look like is unknown, but Levy assures us that the fights will be vicious and there are "few rules." Visually, he compares it to Training Day, which is his way of saying it will be realistic and gritty and dark and realistic and dark and gritty and realistic. It will also be gritty and realistic. And dark.
-Sugar Ray Leonard is acting as a consultant on the movie. For those of you not familiar with him, Sugar Ray Leonard is known worldwide as an expert on the science of robotics.
-Hugh Jackman will be super hot in the movie, just not as hot as usual. Since he's, you know, a retired boxer. He won't have the "Wolverine six-pack." So he'll still make ladies short of breath and make guys feel inadequate, but girls will breath a little better and guys will put off that inevitable drinking binge until the next day.
-Shawn Levy is excited to be working on a dramatic science fiction film. It is his first non-comedy. Hopefully, it will be his first movie that isn't offensively dull hack-work.
I love me some Jackman, love me some Richard Matheson and love me some robots. I don't love me some Shawn Levy. Will I love me some Real Steel? We'll find out when it hits theaters in November of 2011.