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REAL STEEL (2011) - PREVIEW



 

Real Steel (2011)

Starring:
Hugh Jackman
Director: Shawn Levy

U.S. Opening Date: October 7th, 2011


THEY SAY

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring.

Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender.

As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

WE SAY

This Walt Disney movie will be based on a 1956 short story by I Am Legend and Incredible Shrinking Man scribe Richard Matheson titled Steel. (It was also made into an old B&W Twilight Zone episode.)

The story takes place in a near future where boxing has been outlawed because it is considered too violent and has been replaced by robot boxing in which 2 000 pound robots beat the bejesus out of one another. Hugh Jackman will play an ex-fighter-turned-fight-promoter. He and his estranged teenaged son discover a derelict robot that somehow always manages to win.

Shaun Levy (Night at the Museum I & II) directs the movie. The script is by Dan Gilroy with rewrites by Les Bohem and John Gatins. Steven Spielberg is executive producer.
 

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