With Peter Berg talking up both a Battleship movie and a Hancock sequel recently, obviously something was going to have to give. Now it seems Berg has given the boot to his planned robot boxing movie Real Steel, and has passed it on to, of all people, Shawn Levy, the guy who directed the Night at the Museum movies.

Basically this is like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? era Robert Zemeckis being put in charge of Blade Runner; Levy is trading in talking statues and Ben Stiller for a future in which robots do the boxing for us, until a father and son decide, for some insane reason, to step into the ring.

If you're thinking what I'm thinking, you're right-- Steven Spielberg is indeed involved as an executive producer, and apparently his enthusiasm for the project convinced Levy to join in. He told Variety, "Steven's passion for this project was absolutely infectious and I'm so excited to bring this story to life,. In a movie filled with these mechanical warriors, at its core 'Real Steel' is an incredibly human story."

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