Real Steel 2 might not be happening – but a follow-up to the 2011 robot boxing film is finally happening on television.

It took some time for the Hugh Jackman-headlined robot boxing flick Real Steel to find its audience, but its slow burn has now been rewarded.

Originally released in cinemas in 2011 and directed by Shawn Levy, the film did solid business when it was first released, but not enough to trigger further instalments. Yet over time, as more and more people have caught up with the film, there’s been a growing fan demand for a Real Steel 2.

Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy have both been open about being interested in another film, and Disney – which now owns the franchise, as part of its Fox acquisition – has given the greenlight for further adventures. Not on the big screen, though. It’s given the nod instead to a television project, that’s going to take the Real Steel story forward.

It’s being set up at 20th Television, its subsidiary company, and Shawn Levy is listed amongst the executive producers for the show. Whether Hugh Jackman gets heavily involved remains to be seen.

We’d prefer a Real Steel 2 in truth, but bringing back older films for Disney+ seems to be Disney’s plan going forward (a new The Santa Clause revival was announced last week too). More as we hear it.

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