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11.12.09 38 Comments

When we first heard Night at the Museum‘s Shawn Levy was directing a movie about robot boxers starring Hugh Jackman (and this before we saw the trailer for Levy’s latest, Date Night), this quote left us with little doubt it’d be a total train wreck:

“In a movie filled with these mechanical warriors, at its core ‘Real Steel’ is an incredibly human story.”

I don’t trust anyone who’d have the balls to say something that lame out loud. Anyway, Levy recently had a chance to discuss the project and say more stupid things with SciFiWire:

“It’s faithful to the [Richard Matheson] story in that that it was very much about a down-on-his-luck, slightly desperate journeyman who works in this robot boxing sport and who is desperately needing redemption and one last shot. The movie is more Rocky than Transformers.”

Uh, sweet?

Levy has not cast the main character’s son yet but has a good idea about the robots. “They are most definitely not Transformers, not Terminators, definitely not WALL-Es, either,” Levy said. “Unlike a lot of these others, these are human-built, human-scale fighting machines. “

You mean like… Terminators?

“They are built for human spectacle. People in this movie have gotten bored with human carnage and human violence. So in the quest for more, more, more, this sport has evolved to this.”
“When I sat down with [Producer] Steven [Spielberg], I had a very, very specific vision of this movie, one that really puts the emphasis on the story and the sports-movie aspect as much as on the machinery,” Levy said. “Real Steel is my first non-comedy.”

“Real Steel is my first non- comedy.”  Fixed!  I mean come on, if Real Steel has any appeal beyond something dumb we can make fun of, they’d have to consider that a reel steal.  (*bike horn*)

[via /Film]

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