Shawn Levy, director of Real Steel, was recently interviewed by Screen Rant and talked about the future of a few of his projects. In two of his hopeful movies, he intends on teaming up with Hugh Jackman again, including the rumored sequel to Real Steel. He also briefly mentions that movie with Hugh and “LOST” writer, Carlton Cuse, although don’t expect any real answers on what it’s all about. Check out the relevant bits of the interview below:
SR: Will we see some of the open ended questions we are left with about Atom (the central robot protagonist) and his unique role in this universe explored in a sequel?
In the sequel we do explore the origin story of Atom and we begin to sketch an answer (to the question), “Is there something special to this bot, and if so, why?”
SR: Would that take place in flashbacks? This film isn’t being developed as an origin story is it?
It’s future, it’s still linear, and I want to be the first to say that first we need to be a hit movie before we get to make a sequel. I don’t know if that will happen, I sincerely hope so because Hugh and I really love the movie. It’s the next chapter, it’s the fallout of the Zeus vs. Atom fight, and it’s the fallout of what happens with the kid’s custody (which technically is Aunt Debra’s), and it further explores the class warfare between the underworld fight-clubs and the sanctioned, monetized WRB, which is at work in this movie but is really a big part of the second. It’s not an origin story, but at one point in the movie Charlie needs to research where the hell this bot came from, and has to understand his inner workings more — for reasons I won’t go into. So, he seeks out Atom’s creator. So it’s not a flashback, but we learn about the history because we will meet Atom’s creator.
SR: What about the amorphous action film with Hugh Jackman that we know you’re working on but aren’t talking about?
I’ll leave you with this anecdote. I would love to tell you what it is. Hugh and I met with Carlton Cuse from “LOST”…
SR: Oh, you don’t have to tell me about “LOST,” believe me. I (without thinking) wore an Oceanic tee-shirt on an Air New Zealand flight… the implications of which didn’t hit until take-off.
That’s just tempting fate and believe me! Do you know how hard it was not to call Evangeline ‘Freckles’ every day [while working with her on Real Steel]?
SR: Did you eventually do it?
Oh, eventually I did! Eventually I asked every f**king question in the world! So, Hugh, me and Carlton decide that we’re going to develop this movie together and I don’t even know what it’s been described as, so I don’t even want to name a genre. I get a call from Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke, and they’re like, “Okay! So, tell us about the movie.” I’m literally about to share with them what the movie is about, just like I shared with you what Frankenstein is about just now, and Carlton goes, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Don’t say anything. If I’ve learned one thing on ‘LOST,'” he tells me, “it’s keep your mouth shut, it’s a more effective approach.” So, on that one project, I am fighting my typical blabbermouth nature and keeping my mouth shut. I will say though that it’s a really cool project, and whether it’s that or the sequel of Real Steel, Hugh and I want to get back on a set together as soon as possible.