During Collider’s recent IMAX screening of Real Steel, hosted by our own Steven Weintraub and featuring guest director/producer Shawn Levy, the rock ‘em, sock ‘em fighting robots took to the biggest screen since their 2011 debut. After the epic screening, Levy participated in a lengthy Q&A which included updates, status reports, and teases for both his upcoming video game adaptation Uncharted, and the highly anticipated second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. You can read about what he had to say on those projects here and here, but for more on Real Steel and its possible sequel, you’ll want to stay right where you are.
Fans of the 2011 robot boxing movie have no doubt been clamoring for a sequel since the film’s nearly $300 million worldwide box office performance five years ago. You’re in good company. Levy, his Real Steel star Hugh Jackman, and executive producer Steven Spielberg have been in various stages of development on a possible sequel since before the first film even hit the screens. Levy explains why that hasn’t come to pass. He also offers up an intriguing bonus: a deleted scene from the original film that’s never been revealed until now. Check it all out below!
On the topic of social media, which Steve helped Levy get into during his set visit to Real Steel years ago, the prolific producer/director reveals that Real Steel 2 remains his most asked-about project:
The most frequent tweet I get is about the sequel to Real Steel. I wish I had a conclusive answer. Here’s the truth: We started developing a sequel like six months before the movie came out. We knew as soon as we started previewing this movie and it was getting mid to high 90s at every test screening. It happens really rarely, but the movie had something that audiences responded to and so we started coming up with ideas for the sequel. The simple truth, the most concise truth I can express, is that it proved, and it has proven, really hard to come up with a sequel that doesn’t feel like a re-hash of the first movie. Yeah, people wanted to see Atom beat Zeus, I would love to see Atom beat Zeus, but you don’t want to retell the story of kind of an alienation between Charlie and Max because that is really the plot of the first movie.
A question that a lot of Real Steel fans have been asking about since its 2011 debut revolved around a specific scene from the film. Levy reveals a deleted scene that confirms what many have suspected about Atom’s sentience for years: