So this Reel Steel movie thing (aka what happens when you mix Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots with eighty million dollars and Hugh Jackman) is apparently still on track for an October release. Far be it from me to suggest that a movie which mixes robots with violence might ever end up becoming popular, but this featurette should give you enough of a taste of the action to decide whether or not you'd like to invest a couple hours in it:
I'd like to reiterate that the most interesting part about this entire production (so far) is that they actually went out and built nineteen eight-foot tall boxing robots for the humans to interact with during close-ups and whatnot. The rest of it's CGI, but happily there some real robots in there somewhere, presumably with parts made out of real steel. Yeah, I went there.
The film is due out on October 7, and DreamWorks has already started on the sequel, which may or may not be called Real Steel 2: Stainless Is Painless.
[ Reel Steel ] via [ io9 ]
Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.