DreamWorks Pictures and Disney’s Touchstone Pictures are targeting a November 18, 2011 release for director Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, the studios’ first project together under their new deal.
In the sci-fi action-adventure, Hugh Jackman will play an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2,000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter’s access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.
The premise is based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted into an original “Twilight Zone” episode that starred Lee Marvin.
Nov. 18, 2011 is also when Warner Bros. was planning on releasing George Miller’s Happy Feet 2.