Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in the sci-fi boxing thriller "Real Steel" for DreamWorks Pictures says Variety.
Jackman is to 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.
"I Am Legend" author Richard Matheson penned the original short story which was previously adapted into an episode of "The Twilight Zone".
Shawn Levy directs the project which John Gatins is currently rewriting. Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing. Filming kicks off in May.