Hugh Jackman and director Shawn Levy are chatting about a possible Real Steel follow-up again – although it’s still a long shot.

Here’s a surprise. The family movie Real Steel you could be forgiven sort of came and went a bit on its original release back in 2011. Starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, it’s the family movie involving basically robot boxers (although that sells it some way short). Reviews were decent, the box office wasn’t bad, but – in spite of several rumours over time – there just wasn’t the perceived interest in a follow-up. It wasn’t the cheapest film to make, after all.

But things change. Over the past few years, the film has continued to build its audience on Netflix, and the currency of Levy has grown too. He’s behind Stranger Things, has just directed the imminent release Free Guy, and is widely linked with helming Deadpool 3.

What’s more, in a new interview with Inverse, Levy has revealed that there’s fresh hope for a new Real Steel film. He told the outlet that the film has become “one of their top trending and most viewed titles”, adding “which in turn led to Hugh and I talking again”.

Levy does admit in the same interview that time may have passed on Real Steel 2, but the fact that he and Jackman and chatting about the project suggests some degree of interest somewhere.

You can read the interview here. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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