Hugh Jackman's upcoming film "Real Steel" must have been jealous of all the attention that the new "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" teaser has been getting this week, because a new trailer just bum-rushed the Internet to show off 2011's other robo-oriented action film. And while the bots may not come from Cybertron, they do look like they could have come from a nearby moon where the law of the land resembles the rules for "Rock'em Sock'em Robots."
Director Shawn Levy of "Night at the Museum" fame is behind this spectacle, which has been scheduled to hit theaters next year on October 7. The story follows a down-on-his luck fighter played by Jackman who teams up with his son to reclaim some glory in a circuit of competitions that are dominated by machines instead of men. The plot comes from a short story called "Steel" by Richard Matheson and doesn't seem reminiscent of Michael Bay's "Transformers" films at all until you see these first clips, which were posted to YouTube.
I don't know if the producers found a bunch of unused "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" parts at a garage sale or just loved what they saw Bay do so much that they felt compelled to throw new paint jobs and gladiator helmets on Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and display their appreciation for the world in theaters, but that's definitely the vibe this trailer's giving off.
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