Director Explains How RoboCop Reboot Will Differ from the Original
Posted 09.22.11 by BrentJS
We're always a little skeptical whenever a studio announces that it plans to reboot or remake a classic movie, but we were intrigued when MGM signed up acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) to direct a remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. With Aronofsky at the helm, we felt confident that his penchant for delving into the dark corners of the psyches of his characters would bring a much-needed fresh perspective to the franchise.
Although Aronofsky has since left the project, the new Robocop seems to have found a worthy successor in Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad), who appears to be taking the same approach that we expected from Aronofsky. In a recent interview with Film1.nl (translated from Dutch), Padilha revealed that his RoboCop will veer away from Verhoeven's emphasis on politics, capitalism and corruption and focus more on the psychology and philosophy of what it means to be half-man, half-machine.
I love the sharpness and political tone of [the original] RoboCop, and I think that such a film is now urgently needed. But I will not repeat what Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead, I will try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven [only touched on]. If you are a man who changes into a robot, what is that like? What is the difference between humans and robots? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I want to address.
It's still unclear at this time who wrote or is writing the new RoboCop movie. Screenwriter David Self (The Wolfman) was attached to the project when Aronofsky was still on board, but Deadline reported in April that MGM brought in up-and-coming screenwriter Josh Zetumer to write the script. It's also unconfirmed whether casting has begun, even though Twitch reported in July that MGM was looking at Chris Pine (Star Trek) for the title role.