Chris Pine is MGM's "Top Choice" to Headline RoboCop Remake
07.13.11 by BJSprecher
It appears as if MGM is looking to revive its long-dead RoboCop movie franchise by borrowing a page — and an actor — from Paramount's Star Trek-revival playbook. According to Twitch, MGM is looking to inject some youth into the franchise and the actor that is "the studio's top choice" to do just that is Chris Pine, the young actor who re-embodied James T. Kirk in director J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek prequel-reboot.
The 1987 original RoboCop movie was written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It starred Peter Weller as Officer Alex J. Murphy, a cop in a future Detroit who is killed in the line of duty and resurrected as the cyborg RoboCop. The new RoboCop is currently in the process of being written by as-yet-unproduced screenwriter Josh Zetumer and will be helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad).
It's unclear how closely the new movie will stick to the original, but casting the much-younger (and better looking) Pine as Murphy/RoboCop would indicate that the new team is looking to shake up the status quo. There has been no word on whether Padilha endorses Pine for the lead role.