The upcoming Hugh Jackman/robots that fight movie, Real Steel, isn’t coming out until October. But that doesn’t mean the studio behind it, DreamWorks, isn’t interested in a cash-in sequel to capitalize on the first movie’s hypothetical success. They’ve already commissioned the writer of the first Shawn Levy-directed movie, John Gatins, to write the second installment, after what must have been some particularly successful test-screenings.
The knee-jerk reaction to this news is to assume thatReal Steel is REAL-ly good (see what I did there?), but there is a second, more cynical, option: that this is all just publicity for the first Real Steel movie, designed to make people think the movie is actually better than it is. I have no idea if this is plausible, but I do remember reading about the fantastic test-screenings that The Green Hornet had, and that ended up being merely a sort-of-good movie. And besides, when have good test-screenings been a guarantee of success at the box office? But what do I know, I’m a grown man and I’ve never even seen a battling robot before. (Deadline)