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Padilha Rebooting ROBOCOP?

Jose Padilha Circling MGM's RoboCop Reboot.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 02, 2011
Source: Deadline

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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DarkXid 3/2/2011 6:14:06 AM

Retell Robobcop?  Why?  We have Robocop!

 

 

misterpeed 3/2/2011 6:41:29 AM

Because we just can't come up with an original idea anymore

monkeyfoot 3/2/2011 6:46:43 AM

This is another 80's remake that doesn't need to be made. Leave it be. Make up your own iconic genre character and you can have your own classic that will be loved.

If they do a remake, will the statue they are making in Detroit be of the new or old Robocop?

LocoLobo73 3/2/2011 7:01:49 AM

Dont do it they will never be able to replicate the chemistry the original had.

Oh and " I'LL BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR !!!!" lOL

Wiseguy 3/2/2011 7:12:05 AM

I doubt anyone will ever surpass Verhoeven's RoboCop, the satire combined with the bloddy gore and violence was just  perfect for the times. Although the cops on strike may still strike a cord with the goings ons of today

I'm almost inclined to suggest that they should just change it up big time so there's no comparisons to be made film or storywise outside of RoboCop himself. New feel, new origin, maybe even a different setting.

gutsmgee 3/2/2011 7:35:30 AM

At least if there is an ED-209, chances are it will at least be animated a little better this time....

Darkknight2280 3/2/2011 7:56:37 AM

i love my original Robocop! Still one of my fav movies of all time! However, im cool with seeing someone re-tell the story and or put a new spin on it...so long as they keep the same Robo-suit design!! Would be like changing supermans costume to Green and purple! So i hope they dont do that.

Batmite 3/2/2011 8:29:56 AM

Geez, next they'll be remaking Darkman.  :(  How about Robocop vs. Darkman (who is saved by the Karate Kid at Ridgemont High)?

gutsmgee 3/2/2011 9:44:47 AM

I wonder if Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Allen or Ronny Cox will have cameos? I know two of their characters died, but this is a reboot after all...

krathwardroid 3/2/2011 9:49:03 AM

This article said Alex Murphy was near death. He was actually dead. Clarence Boddiker and his thugs killed him. :P And that picture of Robocop is from Robocop 2, not the first movie.

I don't know about another interpretation, reboot, remake, or whatever the hell you want to call these things these days. How many movies that get such a retelling actually improve anything? 

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