When we heard Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, would play the "Rocky" in a robot boxing movie called Real Steel, we were hooked but disappointed that the movie might not gear up until 2011.
Not so, according to Production Weekly, which tweeted that the sci-fi fight movie will actually begin shooting this summer:
@prodweek Filming begins June in Michigan on "Real Steel" starring Hugh Jackman as Charlie, a downcast former boxer-turned-trainer of boxing robots.
Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum director) will be behind the camera. The movie is based on a short story by legendary sci-fi author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), who also wrote "Button, Button," which was turned into last year's really odd movie The Box.
Here's the description Levy gave us a while back for Real Steel:
In a world where robot boxing has replaced the human version, Jackman would play a Rocky-esque character looking for one last shot. "Hugh Jackman plays a former boxer who can therefore no longer do the only thing he was ever good at and has to make his way in this new world," Levy said in an exclusive interview Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he was promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of his Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. "It's faithful to the story in that that story was very much about a down-on-his-luck, slightly desperate journeyman who works in this robot boxing sport and who is desperately needing redemption and one last shot. The movie is more Rocky than Transformers."
Will one of the robots look like Ivan Drago?
Are you pumped up for Real Steel?