After spending a few years in development hell, MGM's plans for a reboot of RoboCop may be gaining traction once again with the resolution of their financial crisis. Deadline New York reports the studio is negotiating with Brazillian director Jose Padilha to lead a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 release.
The online trade reports MGM bosses were impressed by Padilha's track record with taut crime dramas Elite Squad and a sequel that came out in 2010. Those films were Portuguese language and didn't play huge in the U.S. But Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within grossed over $60 million in Brazil alone last year, surpassing Avatar, Shrek Forever and Alice in Wonderland in Padilha's home country. Once Padilha is officially on board and at the helm, the search will be on for a new screenwriter to flesh out the story.
Plot Concept: The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. Peter Weller played the character in the original him in the original and the 1990 sequel. A comic book series based on the crime fighting cyborg was launched in 1990 as well.
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