The Detroit Free Press has revealed that Hugh Jackman will start filming his sci-fi action adventure Real Steel in Michigan this June. The film is being directed by Shawn Levy, with Steven Spielberg signed on as an executive producer.
The film will take place in a futuristic world where human boxing has been outlawed. A father (Jackman) and his estranged son unit to train an extraordinary humanoid fighter in a no-holds barred robot boxing match. The action will be filmed in downtown Detroit, as well as throughout the state. Steve Molen, DreamWorks Studios' president of physical production, said about the shooting location, "The (State Incentive) rebate is certainly a primary factor in the decision, but it was incentive along with the diverse looks in Michigan and the cooperation of the state that make this an ideal package for Real Steel."
With a budget of $80 million, this will be the biggest studio movie to come to Michigan since the launch of tax incentives for the state in 2008. Real Steel is set for a November 18th, 2011 release date.