Jose Padilha in Talks to Direct ROBOCOP Remake

     March 1, 2011


Last month, we reported that the newly-restructured MGM was planning to remake Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 action film Robocop.  For those unfamiliar with Verhoeven’s flick, the story centered on a deceased cop (played by Peter Weller) who is rebuilt into a crime-fighting cyborg.  While there was plenty of memorable action, Robocop also included some biting and clever social satire.  Darren Aronofsky came on board to direct a remake in 2008, but then MGM fell into bankruptcy and Aronofsky left the project.

Deadline reports that MGM’s new run at a remake may put Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) into the director’s chair.  Padilha, you may recall, was one of the directors under consideration to helm Gangster Squad at Warner Bros.  In addition to Elite Squad and its sequel, Padilha has done documentary work including the award-winning Bus 174.  He recently served on the World Documentary Jury at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  According to Deadline, once Padilha is aboard, MGM will hire a writer to work under his supervision.


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