Brazilian Director Jose Padilha in Talks to Helm 'Robocop' Remake

March 1, 2011
Source: Deadline

Jose Padilha / Robocop

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?

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  • Desispeed
    just another reboot we dont need.....veerhoven original will not be surpassed!
    • i have no name
      original was shit even for its time but, this unnecessary.
      • Lagoya
        What the hell are you talking about? The original was awsome!
  • $ob Btencil
  • David Banner
    How about.....Peter Weller reprises his iconic role as Robocop? :)
  • Loser
    Mickey Rourke for Robocop
  • Syphous
    I want more RoboCop, but not some water-downed PG-13 garbage shit fest that they will probably end up making.
    • Sszzas
      If they choose padilha, expect lots of violence
  • ChrisC5g
    ya weller was the best , Karl Urban looks like he could play the role with the half face helmet from dread and could work, as long as they don't cast sam worthington, i'm so sick of that guys yelling and panic attacks whenever he's in a jam in every movie.
  • ChrisC5g
    no wait .. i got it .... Joseph Gordon-Levitt, naaa lol sorry had to say it
  • dave
    • Lagoya
      The remake will have to have the 6000 SUX hehe :)
  • Anonymous
    Thomas Hayden Church. His voice almost sounds like Weller's already. He also has a natural frowny face. Sooo....yes.
    • ChrisC5g
      hayden church is a good choice , i can see that , i just want it dark toned like Robo1
      • Judasbarronx1
        Bump that! What about Clarence Boddicker? One of THE best villains of all time! Who could play THAT bad ass?
        • Lagoya
          Jackie Earle Haley maybe?
  • Spider
    Verhoeven's original is a classic. This reboot shouldn't happen---NOT a good idea!
  • Staatz
    Jeez what with all the hate? I'd take a new robo cop if it was half way.
  • ChrisC5g
    me to but theres already alota half-way directors an writers
  • ChrisC5g
    Robo is also badass, Kane as villian was cool, i really do mis ED-2O9
  • B545
    They could digitally enhance the original by trying to replace the stop-motion sequences with good looking cgi-ones. ...and add some extra blood to the R-rated version, harhar...
  • Japetto
    Don't redo the first movie (it's perfect) do a new story but retain the satirical corporate police state setting.
  • shichibukai
    has anyone seen the two tropa de elite movies, holy shit, if he signs up to direct then i'm there
  • Jose Padilha is a great director and any action film would be a huge hit under his wings. He doesn't need to b tested to prove himself, just needs a good script and a decent budget. Althought he can make something great with Robocop, I believe some original stories are pouring on his desk by now, after Elite Squad 1 and 2 (Tropa de Elite 1 e 2). I wish him luck!!! Daniel Bertorelli




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