Josh Zetumer to Pen ROBOCOP Remake

     March 10, 2011


A little over a week ago we let you know that Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) was in talks to helm MGM’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Tonight, we can bring you confirmation not only that Padilha is on board, but also that the studio has hired Josh Zetumer to script the remake. Per Deadline, the studio expects Zetumer and Padilha to work together closely in developing the film which will undoubtedly be under close scrutiny from the word “go” by people such as myself who believe the 1987 original to be a sci-fi classic.

While Zetumer currently lacks a completed name project on his resume, the scribe’s spy-thriller Infiltrator is a “Black List” alum and is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Moreover, he also penned a draft of the currently defunct fourth installment in The Bourne Identity franchise. Perhaps most importantly, Zetumer has experience writing remakes as he scripted a draft of Dune back when Peter Berg was attached to direct the remake of David Lynch’s 1984 film at Paramount.


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  • Anon

    The fourth Bourne movie is “currently defunct”? Since when?

  • Jason Barr

    Perhaps “currently defunct” isn’t the greatest choice of words.

    Maybe delayed indefinitely is better? Stalled? Stagnant?

    Either way, it’s not really doing much in the way of development at the current time.

    Thanks for reading!

    • Renn

      Indefinite? The trades were talking up actors not even two weeks ago with a tentative release date scheduled for next year. That’s hardly “indefinite”.

  • Jake

    Why are they doing this? Robocop is a classic. It was an original idea when they made it, can hollywood not think of anything original anymore? What’s next, a remake of Alien? The Terminator? Die Hard? Peter Weller must be proper pissed.

  • Grimcicle

    Since Peter Weller has made it clear on numerous occasions over the years that he wants nothing to do with RoboCp, I seriously doubt he gives a flying fuck about a remake.

    I’m uber-excited to see a remake of RoboCop. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was about 3 years old (in 1988), and any new developments in the franchise fill me with optimism. No matter what happens with this remake, it’ll certainly be better than Prime Directives.

  • Agent_Black

    Thanks for the update Jason, again, this news fills me with confidence that the stakeholders behind this project know exactly what they are doing.

    Generally speaking, I think remakes are quite lazy and I’m no real fan of sequels either, especially with such a classic as this. However, it seems from day one there was a real drive to get back to the real essence of the original RoboCop movie and since Aronofsky unfortunately left the project, it looks as though it’s now been handed down to a crop of young talent who have got everything to prove with this film, not just to the studio’s but to the die hard fans.

    Let’s hope it’s in good hands!

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