MGM Hires Writer and Director for RoboCop Reboot
03.11.11 by BJSprecher
As recently as three weeks ago, acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) said that he was still interested in directing MGM's Robocop reboot, a project he has been attached to since at least January of last year. It's unclear how or why Aronofsky was dropped or dropped out of the project—it likely had to do with a scheduling conflict with his next movie, The Wolverine—in the past couple weeks, but Deadline reported last week that MGM was "negotiating with" Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) to remake the 1987 original helmed by Paul Verhoeven that told the story of a deceased cop who was given new life as a cyborg in a crime-ridden near-future world. Now, Deadline has reported that Padilha has been hired and that MGM has brought in Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay.
Zetumer is an as-yet-unproduced screenwriter with several irons in the fire. He first popped up on the radar with a script for a spy thriller called Infiltrator, which ended up on the Black List and is now set up at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio's name attached to it. Zetumer also wrote drafts of the Dune remake that Peter Berg was once going to direct for Paramount and he also wrote a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which Universal dropped when it decided to go in a different direction with Tony Gilroy. Deadline also reports that Zetumer recently turned in a script to Warner Bros. for a supernatural action thriller called Vale, so expect to see a lot more of this up-and-coming screenwriter in the future.