Darren Aronofsky's Robocop is Under 'Arrested Development'
Pun intended! Last July we reported things were a bit shaky regarding Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming remake of RoboCop. The folks over at RoboCop Archive (via Moviehole) have now confirmed the worst (or maybe the best depending on how badly you want a RoboCop remake) as Phoenix Pictures says that it's on hold and "the problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new RoboCop. But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he's not interested in gimmicks like, 3D, CGI, filming digital, he wants to do everything as real [or organic] as possible just like The Fountain." Damn straight!
While it sounds a bit condescending to say that anyone who uses 3D, CGI, or digital filmmaking isn't a "real artist," I'm 100% behind Aronofsky's desire to make RoboCop as genuine and organic as possible. Sure 3D and CGI have brought a plethora of new ways for filmmakers to craft worlds, characters and the like, but a RoboCop special effects bonanza in 3D would just be white noise whereas a RoboCop film shot under the unique filmmaking eye of Aronofsky in an unconventional, grounded manner will be a nice change of pace. Aronofsky isn't the guy you get to direct a film like this if all you're going to do is try to control his creativity. If you're looking for that filmmaker, his name is Joe Johnston, and he's busy sorting out his last disaster.