Monday, June 14, 2010

Real Steel Movie in 2011

Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks has hired Director Shawn Levy (who brought us Night at the Museum) to helm Real Steel, an upcoming science-fiction movie. The story revolves around a father and his estranged 11-year-old son who enter the world of robotic boxing. Actor Hugh Jackman got the lead role as the father. Besides Hugh Jackman, the movie Real Steel is also starring Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn, and Olga Fonda. The release date of Real Steel is set for November 18, 2011.

Here's a first look at Hugh Jackman in the movie Real Steel:
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Real Steel MoviePlot:
"Hugh 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."

The premise of the movie Real Steel is actually based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted into an original 'Twilight Zone' episode that starred Lee Marvin. Here's a picture of the original robot:
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Well, the robots in the movie Reel Steel won't look as humanoid as the Twilight Zone robot!

Regarding the robots in the movie Real Steel: both real robots and CGI will be used. For example in the first official picture above, Hugh Jackman is actually talking to a real robot! But motion capture and CGI will be used for the fighting scenes. Director Shawn Levy says this choice was influenced by Steven Spielberg and that's it's for the best:

"There are some things only visual effects can pull off. But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance."
Director Shawn levy
I used my photoshop skills to get a glimpse of the whole robot:
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Real Steel Film(Please keep in mind that this photoshopped picture isn't an official representation,
the full robot isn't necessarily a mirror image of the official pic.)

Impressive indeed! I'm so hooked by the concept of this film: sign me up for the movie Real Steel!