DreamWorks is coming out swinging.
Touchstone Pictures has set DreamWork's "Real Steel" to hit movie theaters on Nov. 18, 2011, marking the newly independent studio's first release under its output deal with Disney. The Shawn Levy-helmed pic will star Hugh Jackman as a former boxer grabbing one last chance at stardom in the ring by teaming with his long-lost son to train a robot for the Real Steel World Championship.
Directed by Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"), "Real Steel" is being produced by Levy, Don Murphy and Susan Montford. DreamWorks co-topper Steven Spielberg figures among the pic's exec producers.
Overseas plans for "Real Steel" are pending, but Disney also will handle international theatrical on all DreamWorks films that it distributes domestically, except for India. A unit of DreamWorks principal Reliance Big Entertainment will handle that territory.
DreamWorks also began production recently on the Jay Roach-helmed comedy "Dinner for Schmucks." One of several planned co-productions with Paramount -- which Spielberg and Snider bolted from in the fall to re-create DreamWorks as a private company -- "Schmucks" has been tagged for release by Par next summer.
Disney will distribute up to a half dozen films per year under its domestic theatrical deal with DreamWorks. Terms call for the Disney to receive a 10% distribution fee.
The Burbank studio is helping to arrange a TV distribution arrangement at Showtime for the DreamWorks film slate.