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DreamWorks forges ‘Steel’

'Notebook' scribe makes it 'Real'

DreamWorks has tapped Jeremy Leven (“The Notebook”) to write the robot boxing project “Real Steel” and is in talks with Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”) to direct.

DreamWorks launched the project last year when it bought Dan Gilroy’s spec script for Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers to produce. DreamWorks-based ImageMovers, Don Murphy and Rick Benatar are producing.

Project takes place in a future in which 2,000-pound robots resembling humans battle in a boxing ring. Story revolves around a promoter who takes his fighter to the championships.

“The Notebook” grossed a surprisingly strong $80 million domestically for New Line. Leven’s previous credits include “Don Juan de Marco,” “Alex & Emma” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”

Mostow recently signed on for “Confessions of a Little League Coach,” with Robbie Fox penning the script for Col (Daily Variety, Oct. 26).

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