- Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kevin Durand, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, Phil LaMarr, James Rebhorn, Olga Fonda, Dakota Goyo, David Alan Basche, Karl Yune, Rick Robinson Jr., Richard Goteri, Joey Ghinelli, Peter Carey, Ron Causey, Andrew Kruczynski, Jason Hughley, Steven Scott
- Director: Shawn Levy
- Writers: John Gatins, Les Bohem, Dan Gilroy
- Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Shawn Levy, Susan Montford, Don Murphy
- Co Producers: Rick Benattar, Eric Hedayat
- Executive Producers: Steve Starkey, Dan Lin, Josh McLaglen, Mary McLaglen, Jack Rapke, Steven Spielberg
- Art Direction: Seth Reed
- Castings: Richard Hicks, David Rubin
- Costume Design: Marlene Stewart
- D.O.P.: Mauro Fiore
- Editor: Dean Zimmerman
- Makeup: Ann Masterson
- Music: Danny Elfman
- Production Design: Tom Meyer
- Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some violence, intense action and brief language
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Angry Films, DreamWorks SKG, ImageMovers
- Production Schedule: 14 June 2010 - September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Based on the 1956 short story by "I Am Legend" and "Duel" author Richard Matheson, this $80 million project originally sounded like it was aiming to be a dark and serious version of Rock'em Sock'em Robots. Certainly the idea of a robot boxing movie sounds incredibly camp in some respects, and this pre-conceived notion seemed only reinforced when muscular action filmmaker Peter Berg was replaced by family comedy director Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum," "The Pink Panther").
Things actually improved though with the release of the first trailer which showed a surprising earnestness and family-oriented approach with a familiar redemption story of a father and son being the focus rather than the technotronic tussles. When Levy came onboard, he apparently dropped the dystopic ideals of the original story while emphasising nostalgic and old-fashioned Americana locations and tone to deliver a warmer picture that will potentially go beyond the young male demographic.
Shot last summer around Michigan, nineteen animatronic robots were built to feature in scenes with human actors. The brawls on the other hand will be CG motion capture animation with Sugar Ray Leonard serving as an adviser. Having talked with a few people connected with the project, all say people are going to be really surprised by this. Not sure about that, but this is the kind of wide-appealing high concept feature that could really build an audience if timed right. Opting out of its original pre-Thanksgiving release (to avoid the "Breaking Dawn" juggernaut) for an early October bow was also a smart move."