Battling robots? You mean like Rock’em Sock’em Robots? Um, not quite. The movie is called “Real Steel”, and at one point “The Kingdom” director Peter Berg was attached. Berg has now moved on, leaving the space open for Shawn Levy.
The idea behind the futuristic actioner sounds cool enough, but there are some caveats. For one, Peter Berg directing a futuristic sci-fi action movie about battling robots would have been the height of gritty sci-fi action cool. Shawn Levy? The man behind the “Night at the Museum” movies? Hmmm.
Even the THR article mentions a potential “change in tone” for the movie. I.e. from serious to more kiddie action-adventure. There’s nothing wrong with that, but check out the premise for “Real Steel”, and tell me what you would prefer:
[The "Real Steel"] story line takes place in a near future where human boxing has been outlawed, and heavy, humanoid robots slug it out in the ring instead. Into this world step a father and his estranged teenage son, who train an extraordinary fighter.
Under Berg, that could be a pretty hardcore sci-fi action movie. Under Levy’s direction? I don’t know, I’ll reserve judgment until I see more. One thing’s for sure, though: Levy ain’t no stranger to special effects, so expect the visuals in “Real Steel” to be top notch.
Levy will direct “Real Steel” for Spielberg’s DreamWorks, and the film will be distributed through Disney.