He’s a small bit of irony: Peter Berg, once attached to the adult action movie, Real Steel, abandoned the project in favor of a movie based on the children’s game, Battleship. The twist? Shawn Levy, the untalented hack who has made his name with kiddie fare like Night at the Museum and Cheaper by the Dozen, has stepped in to the project, essentially filling a void with another void.
Real Steel, which has been in development over at DreamWorks for awhile, is set in the near future where human boxing has been outlawed, and heavy, humanoid robots slug it out in the ring instead. Into this world step a father and his estranged teenage son, who train an extraordinary fighter.
The suspicion is that, with Levy attached, Real Steel will likely shift its tone and become a more family-friend action adventure. As THR writes: “Levy’s participation could mean a change in tone for the adventure project and/or a stretching of the creative muscles for the director,”
Given Levy’s atrophied creative muscle, I’m betting on the former, as evidenced by this statement: “Steven’s passion for this project was absolutely infectious and I’m so excited to bring this story to life,” Levy said. “In a movie filled with these mechanical warriors, at its core Real Steel is an incredibly human story.”