Real Steel Sequel in Development

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Real Steel doesn’t hit theaters until October 7th, but DreamWorks is already lining up a sequel based on positive early response. Deadline has the scoop, saying that the film’s original writer, John Gatins, has been asked to begin planning the followup.

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.

Real Steel also stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Durand.