The studio, DreamWorks, relies on the strong response given during early screen tests and probably, guts.
Not bothering to go and see the result first, DreamWorks proves his confidence of "Real Steel" by summoning the process of a sequel. The action movie, starring Hugh Jackman, is not released in U.S. theaters until October 7 but Deadline heard that the studio asked scribe John Gatins to pen the second installment already.
Directed by Shawn Levy, "Real Steel" is an action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Jackman's Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship robot contender.
The untitled Real Steel sequel is just getting underway and the producers may have to struck a new deal with Jackman and Levy first. The former has at least four movies line-up for 2012 including "The Wolverine" while the latter is attached to direct "How to Talk to Girls" for next year release.
This move, although rare, relies on the first few screen tests. Warner Bros. did so for "The Hangover" way before the film hit the screen when the early tests showed that the comedy would be "a big hit". "Real Steel" received a strong response during the internal screening at CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas.