Brazilian Director Jose Padilha in Talks to Helm 'Robocop' Remake
We just recently heard about MGM's plans to come back to the movie-making business in a big way with a whole slew of remakes and reboots, and it sounds like one of them is closer to getting off the ground. Deadline reports MGM is currently negotiating with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to direct the gestating remake/reboot of Robocop, the futuristic action film from 1987. The original film followed a normal cop who found himself clinging to life after a fatal shooting until he was turned into a cyborg cop who becomes a symbol for justice. Now it's just a matter of time before we found out who will put on the big metal suit to become Robocop.
As for Padilha's talents behind the camera, you may not recognize his name, but the man has quite a reputation in Brazil. The director is responsible for the crime thriller Elite Squad and the sequel Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within which played at Sundance earlier this year. Though neither of the films have garnered a lot of attention in the United States, the sequel was such a big hit that it actually surpassed Avatar, Shrek Forever After and Alice in Wonderland in box office in Brazil.
Once the deal is finalized, MGM will then figure out who they want to write the film under Padilha's supervision. If all goes well we could be dealing with the next big international director to take Hollywood by storm. While it's disappointing that Darren Aronofsky didn't end up doing this remake, I've heard good things about the Elite Squad films (the sequel was buzzed about at Sundance) and look forward to this project coming together in the near future. How about you?