Tonight saw the London premiere of Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel, the ‘droid boxing picture with Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lily and some show-stopper brawling bots. I liked the film a good deal, and will go into why a little closer to its release.
Here to speak to the press are Levy, star Jackman and producers Jack Rapke, Susan Montford and Don Murphy. I’ve had a good long chat with Shawn about the film but, for better or worse, we got quite heavily into spoiler territory and so I’m going to hold that portion of the conversation back a while, give people a chance to see the film first.
But first of all, as a kind of tease, here’s what Levy had to say today regarding a planned-for sequel. Does he think it’s going to get made?
We really fricking hope so… Some of the notions we’re playing with… for instance we went very anthropomorphic in both the design and the movement of the robots in this movie, I think we can really blow that out. The class warfare between underworld and WRB, that’s something that seems rich. The evolution of this father and son’s relationship, and Hugh’s relationship with Evangeline…
WRB is World Robot Boxing, by the way.
Part one’s scriptwriter John Gatins has already been given the task of drawing up the second screenplay, so when Levy says that they’re playing with these notions, I think its not too much of a leap to think thes ideas are being folded into at least the current draft.
Of course, there won’t be a Real Steel 2 should Real Steel 1 not rock and sock the box office – but I don’t think Dreamworks and Disney have too much to worry about there. The Jackman factor and exciting robot fights will do enough good to the word of mouth, I’d think.
I guess we’ll find out when the film opens on October 7th in the US and October 14th in the UK.