After a successful run at Stranger Things then Free Guy, Shawn Levy is coming back to a would-have-been franchise from 2011 for Disney+.
Variety reports that Levy is currently developing a Real Steel series that’s set to come out on Disney+. We don’t have any official details on the show yet, but some fans are hoping that it will be in the same continuity as the original film starring Hugh Jackman.
Here’s the synopsis for Real Steel (2011):
Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a prizefighter but lost his chance to win a title when heavy, towering robots took over the boxing ring. Now working as a small-time promoter, Charlie pieces together scrap metal into low-end fighters, barely earning enough to make it from one underground venue to the next. After hitting rock bottom, Charlie reluctantly teams with his estranged son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to build and train a championship robot for a last shot at redemption.
The movie is actually based on the book Steel from Richard Matheson, and it actually made bank at the box office earning $300 million from its $110 million budget. We don’t know what kind of budget Levy has been given for the series, but seeing that shows like Mandalorian and WandaVision have movie-level effects, we should probably expect the same for Real Steel.
With giant fighting robots expected to eat up the CG budget, I’m actually worried on how much action we’ll actually see in the series. If anything, it could just be a movie, but if Levy was able to make Stranger Things so good despite the minimal effects, maybe he can do the same with this show.
No release date has been set for Disney+’s Real Steel adaptation.