Dreamworks Forges ‘Steel’
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Nov 08, 2004
DreamWorks has tapped Jeremy Leven ("The Notebook") to write the robot boxing project “Real Steel” and is in talks with Jonathan Mostow ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines") to direct.

DreamWorks launched the project last year when it bought Dan Gilroy’s spec script for Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers to produce. DreamWorks-based ImageMovers, Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing, with Rick Benattar co-producing.

Project takes place in a future in which 2,000-pound robots resembling humans battle in a boxing ring. Story revolves around a promoter who takes his fighter to the championships.

“The Notebook” grossed a surprisingly strong $ 80 million domestically for New Line. Leven’s previous credits include “Don Juan de Marco,” “Alex & Emma” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”

Mostow recently signed on for “Confessions of a Little League Coach,” with Robbie Fox penning the script for Col (Daily Variety, Oct. 26).

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