Darren Aronofsky's Robocop is Under 'Arrested Development'
by Ethan Anderton
January 6, 2010
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.
Good on Aronofsky. And fuck Mary Parent.
Shane on Jan 6, 2010
I agree with let Aronofsky do his movie the way he wants to do it. I wouldn't mind seeing Robocop in 3D though, as long as its subtle and not just popping out at you. I would hate to see a cg robocop though. that would just be wrong.
G-Unit on Jan 6, 2010
Making something in 3D, CGI or Digital doesn't mean it isn't art. Anyone who thinks it isn't is a moron. And seriously if he's making a ROBOCOP movie and thinks it is art then he has no idea what he's talking about. Just as bad as spielberg adding film noise to dvd releases so it doesn't look clean. Stupid.
Elephant on Jan 6, 2010
Yay for Aronofsky having some balls!
germs on Jan 6, 2010
#3, Damn straight. It's Robocop ffs. It doesn't need to be gritty and gounrded like The Wrestler or Requiem for a Dream, it's an action movie and won't benefit from an "organic" focus if that comes at the cost of digital effects. There's no reason that a movie that takes advantage of the newest technology can't also contain the elements he wants - all this says to me is that he's a technophobe and doesn't understand the latest film technologies enough to use them to advantage like Jackson, Cameron et al. 3D and digital film isn't a gimmick and it's here to stay so get used to it guys. Adapt or let the studios find someone else that _isn't_ scared of the latest tech.
Shikaka on Jan 6, 2010
I concur, let Aronofsky do what he does best!
Brian on Jan 6, 2010
robocop was a fucking great movie of the 80s,i don't know if it should be remade.
tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 6, 2010
#7 has ended this conversation. No more speak HH
Have Hope on Jan 6, 2010
YES, let Aronofsky make his flick, HIS WAY!!! Also, let Raimi make his "Spider-Man" flick his way, regardless of what the the studio suits and HATERS say! The haters will bitch, regardless!!!!!
Spider on Jan 6, 2010
Was I the only one who was hoping for some kind of Arrested Development movie tie-in after reading that headline? No one else? Just me? Okay.
Joshua m on Jan 6, 2010
why cant the studios just let directors make good movies instead of making stupid demands that make a movie suck. it happened with xmen and spiderman.
samuelj on Jan 6, 2010
#10 I was thinking the same think oww well But in this matter i just dont get it why didnt they sad that in the beggining when they where talking to him to direct the movie? its just plain stupid.
Dacosta on Jan 6, 2010
I knew it was too good to be true!!! I hope when Aronofsky got that call he was like, "No" and they were like "What do you mean no?" and he was just like "I mean NO" and then there was a long, awkward silence and then Aronofsky quietly whispered "...your move, creep."
André on Jan 6, 2010
Let Aronofsky make his version of RoboCop! Back off Mary Parent, you have no idea how great this movie is going to be, just let him make his own unique version.
Candy Castle on Jan 6, 2010
What's wrong with Joe Johnston? I don't understand that part at the end. I didn't know who he was, but after looking him up, I'd say he has a pretty good lineup of films (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, October Sky, Hidalgo, etc.)
Luke on Jan 6, 2010
Good for Aronofsky! Glad he's not kissing studio ass to get a movie done. I dont think 3D is here to stay, sooner or later it will run its course. I really dont think they should even bother with a remake.
Frightened Inmate #2 on Jan 6, 2010
#3 and #5 Are you serious? I think Aronofsky makes total sense as a director for this project. A realistic vision of the future where things are made up of materials is a lot more appealing and honest than some bullshit CGI. Do we really need another Michael Bay-esque film in the world? Nope, don't think so.
rahhh on Jan 6, 2010
Darren Aronofsky is my hero for standing up to those wretched controlling studios
bob saget on Jan 6, 2010
no matter what happens its still going to be a crapy remake doesn't matter the directer or their vision, unless it was cronenberg then i wouldnt complail cause what really made the original was the truck load of violence, peter weller, and that freaking ED-209
rowdy on Jan 6, 2010
so its going to be a remake not the 4th robocop? hmmmm..... i wonder if it will be good?
Madnezz344 on Jan 6, 2010
#3 - Do you seriously think 3D is an art form in film? You seriously do not understand film. 3D adds NOTHING to the experience and is nothing more than a poor visual enhancement. 3D has no business being in film. If you're 'Pro-3D in films' then YOU are the moron. And more on topic, what is the point of remaking Robocop? Do people even want it? The original is a classic. Move on.
Dr. Gonzo on Jan 7, 2010
Ego's - what a shame,this could be great.
tir na nog on Jan 7, 2010
@21 Are you kidding me? 3D adds nothing to the experience? Have you seen Avatar? Furthermore, Quote from the article: But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist ... he wants to do everything as real [or organic] as possible just like The Fountain." We see the world in 3D. Wouldn't using it make the film more realistic? Just my oppinion tho
T on Jan 7, 2010
You do what Aronofsky wants. No question. No debate.
Barnabyfletcher on Jun 4, 2011
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