Shawn Levy is a busy man of many talents. The "Real Steel" director is currently gearing up to direct "The Internship," a comedy that will reunite "Wedding Crashers" stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn for the first time since the 2005 flick hit theaters. But now we're also hearing that he's in talks to produce an upcoming post-apocalyptic film from up-and-comer Brian Duffield.
The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which is describing "Monster Problems" as "a post-apocalyptic road movie in the vein of 'Mad Max' and 'Zombieland' with a John Hughes-esque love story at its center." It's an intriguing premise, and one we'd like to know more about.
"Real Steel" stepped into the box office ring this weekend and knocked out the competition with all of the fight and fury one would expect from a future-set robot boxing sports drama… which is to say, a surprising amount of success. The Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman collaboration roped in an estimated $27.3 million this weekend, beating its next closest competitor — George Clooney and Ryan Gosling's political drama, "The Ides of March" — by almost $17 million.
It's a strong result for a movie that's practically designed to raise eyebrows: a big budget blockbuster set in a world where human boxers have been replaced with cybernetic gladiators, all with a central focus on an estranged father and son coming together for a greater goal? Not the easiest sell on paper. But the numbers are in, and based on what we've already seen reported, Fox is very much interested in pursuing "Real Steel" sequels… something that Levy and his pals are certainly quite happy about, no doubt.
You've seen movies about boxing. You've seen movies about robots. But have you seen movies about boxing robots? If not—and chances are good that you haven't—you can fix that sorry mistake in October when "Real Steel" sucker punches its way into theaters!
As part of MTV News' Fall Movie Preview week, we've got an exclusive photo from "Real Steel" for your viewing pleasure today. I also had the chance to chat with director Shawn Levy about the project, which marks a dramatic departure for the filmmaker in more ways than one.
"Comedy has been really good to me, but this was a deliberate departure," he told me of his reasons for shooting the robot boxing movie, which stars Hugh Jackman as a former fighter turned trainer in a world where human boxers have been replaced by cybernetic ones.
The "Star Wars" films that hit Blu-ray on September 16 aren’t going to be the same movies you grew up with.
Like the previous special editions director George Lucas has released, the Blu-ray releases will be tinkered with and updated to the director's liking. The Digital Bits says that most of it is small stuff that is for the better, like remedied color timing (the lightsabers now look a lot better) and edited out mistakes (say goodbye to the puppeteer's arm on the Wampa on "Empire Strikes Back").
The biggest change to the movies, however, is the switch from the puppet Yoda in "The Phantom Menace" to a new digital one that will be consistent with "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith." As to whether there will be any more changes to the films, well, we'll have to wait until the release to find out if Lucas left in other surprises.
Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!
Director Shawn Levy wants to take a "Fantastic Voyage" with Hugh Jackman. Really, who doesn't?
Deadline reports that the director wants the actor to star in his James Cameron-produced 3D update of the 1966 sci-fi flick about a rescue mission into the body. Still, the modern take on "Fantastic Voyage," which Deadline says has become a "dramatic love story," doesn't have a green light yet. But if the film does get the go-ahead it would certainly give the star something to do while the kinks for "The Wolverine" get worked out.
Check out the rest of today's biggest casting news in Hollywood, including Rachel Weisz possibly bewitching "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and a set of "Bones" stars headed to the big screen.
Roger Hargreaves' classic "Mr. Men" books were a staple of my childhood. My mother might even tell you I had an especially close relationship with "Mr. Messy" (I still do). So it is with no small amount of joy that I greet the news today of a planned "Mr. Men" animated film!
Shawn Levy is set to produce the adaptation, which doesn't currently have a writer or director attached, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. The series, which has previously been the subject of four different TV shows, spans 48 books, giving Levy and his team plenty to pore over in adapting the source into a feature-length tale.
What Levy doesn't have access to is the series of planned follow-ups that never got off the ground. Our MTV super-spies have managed to track down five of the never-published "Mr. Men" books, written by a shadowy figure who calls himself Mr. Made-Up. Read all about them after the jump.
(Editor's note: None of these books ever actually existed. We're just feeling really, really punchy today.)
How can you not be excited for "Fantastic Voyage," the James Cameron-produced 3-D remake of the classic 1966 science fiction film of the same name? As fun and iconic as that movie may have been, the technological capabilities of modern day filmmaking leave the door wide open for, really, a fantastic voyage.
Just one problem: the movie lacks a director. "The Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass was briefly flirting with the project almost a year ago, though he ultimately parted ways with Fox's planned remake to pursue "Treasure Island." Since then, we haven't heard much about who might replace him on the sci-fi remake – until now.
Deadline reports that "Night at the Museum" and "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy is set to board the Proteus on a round-trip ticket for "Fantastic Voyage," based on a screenplay from Shane Salerno with a polish by Laeta Kalogridis. There's currently no word on when shooting would begin.
What do we think of "Real Steel?" It's a hard question to answer without having actually seen the movie. But when the film was first announced, a lot of people scoffed at the idea of Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy pursuing a so-called "robot boxing movie." Yet both parties have strongly stated that the film is more than that, and based on the footage we've seen so far, we're inclined to agree.
What's more, it seems that Jackman and Levy had such a positive experience on "Real Steel" that they're looking for a repeat performance. No, not a sequel — not yet, at least — but the Australian actor and the "Night at the Museum" director are teaming up to get "Lost" with a new untitled action adventure pitch.
Hugh Jackman's upcoming film "Real Steel" must have been jealous of all the attention that the new "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" teaser has been getting this week, because a new trailer just bum-rushed the Internet to show off 2011's other robo-oriented action film. And while the bots may not come from Cybertron, they do look like they could have come from a nearby moon where the law of the land resembles the rules for "Rock'em Sock'em Robots."
Director Shawn Levy of "Night at the Museum" fame is behind this spectacle, which has been scheduled to hit theaters next year on October 7. The story follows a down-on-his luck fighter played by Jackman who teams up with his son to reclaim some glory in a circuit of competitions that are dominated by machines instead of men. The plot comes from a short story called "Steel" by Richard Matheson and doesn't seem reminiscent of Michael Bay's "Transformers" films at all until you see these first clips, which were posted to YouTube. Read More...
When we spoke to "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy back in April, he made it very clear that he wanted curious onlookers to see the upcoming flick as more than just "the robot movie." While giant fighting robots are indeed part of the story, he said that there's much more to it as well.
Levy spoke in broad terms in that interview, describing the movie as a "poignant relationship drama," a "sports movie" and even a "father-child road movie" with themes of redemption. Now we have a more concrete description, in the form of an official synopsis, and a pair of images to go along with it. Check it all out after the jump. Read More...