It looks like Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) won't be directing the upcoming "Robocop" remake, despite spending the last few years prepping it.
MGM is now in negotiations with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to remake the 1987 film, which was originally helmed by Paul Verhoeven and was about a near-death police officer who becomes a powerful cyborg cop haunted by his memories.
The company is planning to make "Robocop" its first major franchise since the restructuring. Executives were impressed with Padilha's "Elite Squad" movie and the sequel, which grossed over $60 million in Brazil alone. Once the helmer is officially on board, the search for a writer will begin.
That elite squad trailer looks pretty cool, still won't compare to city of god though. I don't see why the studio would stop Aronofsky from directing one of the most sought after directors at the moment. Must have boiled down to money, or maybe they just realised that Robocop had to be bad ass and Darren didn't have the minerals.
Although the movie looks pretty slick, I don't think he has the same skills as Aronofsky. Arofonsky would've taken RoboCop in a very interesting direction, while this Padilha guy will probably do as the studio wants him to do. But who knows, Aronofsky might be total incompetent to do action, the Wolverine-sequel could be a lot of crap, and Padilha will make the best RoboCop ever.
I just want a lot of violence, hookers stabbing people in the eye with stilletos, no cop out 80s references reminding us of the original, unknown actor to play Robocop and a sex scene where robocop uses hsi roboc*ck to f*ck a bird and she squirts all over him short circuiting his internal organs.
Elite Squad was f*cking brilliant. I haven't seen the second one but if it wasn't for City of God, Elite Squad would be Brazil's cinematic flagship. He is a master of violence and I expect to see tons in RoboCop. Seriously, everyone go see Elite Squad. Don't know that it holds a candle to City of God but they are way different anyway. City of God had an outstanding narrative and like I said, Elite Squad brought brutal realism. Can't wait for RoboCop now.
MGM is really gambling, aren't they, hiring this unknown guy to helm one of their flagship properties when theyre barely out of the hole. I hope they know something we don't, because Robocop was a trick to get right the first time, and doing it again and getting asses in the seats more than two decades later for a cult classic may be a hard road to take.
I say if they want to represent Detroit correctly at this point, they oughta just get a taxidermist stuffing Peter Weller, spraying him with formaldehyde and standing him in front of a lit, open oil barrel.