While the upcoming action pic Real Steel is based on a classic Richard Matheson story (turned Twilight Zone episode) about a future where boxing matches are acted out by human-controlled robots, there’s no sign that they’ve kept the tragic climax of the original—an aging boxer being beaten half to death while pretending to be his broken robot. Instead, the movie looks like a mix of Transformers and Seabiscuit, with Hugh Jackman and his cute kid teaching a sweet old sparring robot how to become the big champ, win the money, save the day, and live happily ever after.
While it’s possible they’re hiding that original ending, the fact that a Real Steel sequel script is already being written suggests they don’t plan on leaving audiences bummed out. Either way, we’re guessing one major appeal of making this movie was the guarantee that Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots—or some variation on the theme—will sell like proverbial hotcakes this holiday season. Cross your fingers Hope Davis gets a cut for playing what looks like the “bitter, estranged wife” role against Jackman.