Director José Padilha is Going Through 'Hell' on 'RoboCop' Remake

August 27, 2012
Source: ScreenCrush

RoboCop - José Padilha

This is all one big game of telephone, and I expect there to be some studio denials later. "No, everything is going great!" Production hasn't even fully started on MGM's RoboCop remake yet, but it is slated to start shooting in September in Toronto, with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy. At the helm is Brazilian director José Padilha, who seemed to finally be moving forward, but lost Hugh Laurie as the villain last week. Of course, we know working on a studio project is tough, but Padilha's friend and fellow Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles said in an interview he spoke with him and got discouraging feedback.

This update originates from ScreenCrush, who found the Meirelles interview on Cinemacom Rapadura, which is in Portuguese, translated it, and got a very interesting quote from it. Again, it's not Padilha saying this himself, but a friend translated through an interview who said he spoke to him on the phone. He says:

I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming Robocop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. "This is hell here," he told me. "The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again." He is bitter, but it's a fighter.

If that is true, that's some brutally honest criticism of the project. But that's the thing - I'm not surprised. Given how many directors this has gone through, how many years this has been lingering in development, and how desperate MGM is to get something good out of this iconic sci-fi property, it's not surprising that he's being pushed around and told what to do. Directors, especially foreign filmmakers brought in like José Padilha, are usually heavily controlled, even though it's not often heard about publicly. This is unfortunate because I think a lot of us really want this RoboCop remake, if it needs to be made, to at least turn out good.

And at least Padilha-by-way-of-Meirelles sort of gives us that hope: "The film will be good." We're crossing our fingers. They already started teasing the viral for Padilha's RoboCop in the form of Omnicorp's new ED-209. We'll keep our ears open for more updates from here. What do you make of this odd quote?

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Unfortunate to hear, this is Del Toro and Mimic all over again. However, Robocop is on such a bigger more epic scale. Well at least we'll get a kick ass balls to the wall brazilian movie when he's done with Robocop.

Alan Geiss on Aug 27, 2012


I for one think that rebooting a perfect 80s movie might be a bad idea in the first place... It may turn out worse than Robocop 3... It's going to be a mixture of the Total Recall remake and Transformers... not a very good idea... Lets hope the 10% input Padilha has, will make it more than a polished turd.

illsystem on Aug 27, 2012


How did Nolan get to make Batman Begins and The Dark Knight as he sees fit???

Tey on Aug 27, 2012


Lol... simple... He took Christian Bale into the studio meetings and he was all like: 'I'm Batman'... And they were like...'Ok, do it your way'...

illsystem on Aug 27, 2012


Nolan made three good films, Begins, Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises by impressing the producers of WB with his first impression of the idea of how he would do Batman, simple, but even the first Batman was a little controlled, that's notable. This is Padilha's first experience with Hollywood trolls, so he will surely have to endure the same experience.

Ricardo Pagliaro Thomaz on Aug 28, 2012


Neil Blomkamp's had the worst experience, but he turned out fine! Thank God!

Tey on Aug 28, 2012


Maybe the studio execs saw the recent remakes of "Conan," "Total Recall," "Friday the 13th," and "Nightmare on Elm Strett" and realized what they were actually making...a Robocop without the visor to seehis eyes!!!! I hope the execs who are remaking "The Crow" come to their senses as well and realize it shouldn't be made, period!!

mscuillo on Aug 27, 2012


where i believe this remake is needed, i cant help but feel an upcoming let down because the execs are directing the movie and not Jose'......

Jericho on Aug 27, 2012


Well that sucks. Damn execs sticking their noses where it shouldnt belong...

LosZombies on Aug 27, 2012


Really if the damn execs want to keep giving the director shit on what they want why don't they pick up a fucking camera and direct the movie on their own. I would love to see that happen someday those pricks...

JerseyBoy on Aug 27, 2012


If you've seen "I,Robot", you already have.....

Nodin on Aug 27, 2012


The original Robocop movie is so relevant today it's not even funny I don't see the point to remake it. The only thing I see improving is the suit everything else is great as is. I was disappointed with the reboot of Total Recall all it had was an updated more clean landscape other from that I can do without it. I just see the same happening for this Robocop reboot there won't be much depth nor magic to it just pretty CGI. Yes, I am judging this movie too early but with the recent influx of these reboots most are just average and hold no merit.

BinaryChaos on Aug 27, 2012


Muffin,he is getting paid to make a action movie. Poor guy. Lost respect for him, if I had any to begin with.

Marc Arsenault on Aug 27, 2012


Good. Let the suits fuck this up. Shouldn't happen anyway, there's no point to it. Verhoeven's RoboCop still holds up, and its commentary is still relevant. God I'm sick of remakes, and there's no end in sight.

grimjob on Aug 27, 2012



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LosZombies on Aug 28, 2012


Ha! Nice. That immediately conjured up the image of Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom ranting about the wonders of a freeway. "And wonderful, wonderful billboards reaching as far as the eye can see. My god, it'll be beautiful."

grimjob on Aug 28, 2012


Somebody make that a meme NOW!! :O

LosZombies on Aug 29, 2012


B*tches, leave.

Big Boss on Aug 27, 2012


Boo-hoo-hoo Jose. Deal with it. Film is collaborative medium. Not every auteur gets what they want.

Darren James Seeley on Aug 27, 2012


"That's life in the big city."

rennmaxbeta on Aug 27, 2012


Eff this, when does Robocop VS Terminator come out?

JesseD on Aug 27, 2012


This movie should never have been remade to begin with.

Barnaby Barrilla on Aug 28, 2012

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