It has been three years since Shawn Levy’s robot boxing movie “Real Steel” opened. The Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly-led sequel scored just under $300 million at the worldwide box-office, so there has been loose talk of a follow-up ever since the film’s release.
Speaking with Superhero Hype recently, Levy confirms that there’s still a chance for a follow-up effort if the right material can be found:
“We have been quietly developing a sequel to ‘Real Steel’ for three and a half years. We’ve come up with some great scripts but Hugh and I would only make it if the plot feels fresh, but also the character journeys feel fresh, and we’ve found both but never at the same time.
It’s ongoing. I know the clock is ticking. That movie, weirdly, for a movie that did very well globally – it did okay domestically – but the love for ‘Real Steel’ remains kind of unique as far as rabid fans who ask me all the time for another one.
Hugh and I love that movie so if we can crack it, we’ll make it, but I have this sense that we better make that happen soon or frankly, the audience may not be there in the same way. So we shall see.”