Disney+ has announced it is developing a series based on the 2011 movie “Real Steel” that starred Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, and Anthony Mackie.
The film, directed by Shawn Levy, took place in the not too distant future in which human boxers have been replaced by giant fighting robots. Jackman starred as a former boxer who, along with his estranged son, fixes up an old robot they find in a junkyard and turns it into a champion.
The film was based on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story “Steel.”
The series comes from Disney Branded Television and is produced by 20th Television in association with Levy’s 21 Laps, which also produced the recent 20th Century Studios’ hit “Free Guy,” as well as Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
The original film went on to gross just shy of $300 million worldwide against a reported budget of $110 million. It also received an Academy Award nomination for best visual effects. Much talk has been made of a sequel over the years, but it appears this is the new direction the story will take.
The series is currently searching for a writer, and no cast has been mentioned at this time. It is also not yet clear if the show will adhere to the events of the original film, or take a different direction altogether with new characters.
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