Robocop Remake Gets Closer to Reality
The prospect of a remake of the 1987 sci-fi film Robocop has been discussed for a number of years now with critically-acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky once at the helm, but it was put on the back burner when MGM starting suffering from financial issues. However, perhaps due to renewed interest in the character in the form of a public outcry—nay, demand—for a Robocop statue in the city of Detroit, the remake is becoming more of a possibility.
MGM is currently in negotiations with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to take over the project. Studio executives were impressed with his work on the Portuguese-language crime drama, Elite Squad, as well as its sequel. Neither of the films had a huge impact in the U.S., but Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within grossed over $60 million in Brazil alone last year, beating out Avatar, Shrek Forever and Alice in Wonderland in Padilha’s home country.
Once Padilha signs on to direct, the studio will assign a writer to produce a script under the director’s supervision.
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