Shawn Levy, the producer of hit Netflix series Stranger Things, is teaming up with Disney+ to create a TV show based on Real Steel, Hugh Jackman’s sci-fi action film.
The film was based on Richard Matheson’s short story Steel and took place in a not-too-distant future where human boxers have been replaced by huge, fight-ready robots in the ring.
The film focused on Charlie Kenton (Jackman), a former combat pilot, and his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo), who fix up an abandoned machine and train it to become a champion. Karl Yune, Olga Fonda, Anthony Mackie from Marvel’s Evangeline Lilly, also starred.
Despite a poor critical reception, Real Steel nevertheless earned just under $300 million worldwide against a reported cost of $110 million. It was also nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards in the Best Visual Effects category.
According to Variety, Levy is involved as an executive producer, along with Jacqueline Levine, Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Jack Rapke, and Robert Zemeckis. Writers and actors have not been hired yet since it is still in its early stages.
It has not yet been determined whether the series will continue where the film ended or if it will take the concept in a new direction with new characters.
The publication also notes that 20th Television will produce the Disney Branded Television series.
Throughout his career, Levy has worked on titles such as The Darkest Minds, Love and Monsters, Free Guy, and the Night at the Museum series.