Redundant 'RoboCop' Remake Hires A Writer

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:01 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Redundant 'RoboCop' Remake Hires A Writer

So MGM is going ahead with their hopeful franchise reboot, a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 action satire RoboCop, which starred Peter Weller as the titular cybernetic law enforcer.  The studio hired Jose Padilha, a director whose Elite Squad films were massively popular in his native Brazil, to direct the remake, and now they've coupled him with a writer by the name of Josh Zetumer.

Zetumer has yet write a produced screenplay, but he has a solid reputation.  He gained industry attention with an original screenplay titled Infiltrator, and espionage thriller that made the Black List and was promptly set up at Warner Bros as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.  Subsequently, he wrote drafts of the Frank Herbert science fiction adaptation Dune for Peter Berg, but when that failed to gather momentum, Berg jumped to Battleship, the big budget board game adaptation.  Zetumer also wrote a possible fourth Bourne Identity adventure before Universal opted to instead go with a franchise placeholder written and directed by Tony Gilroy.

As for RoboCop, Deadline says that Padilha and Zetumer, "will collaborate closely in reinventing the film."  Right now, not much is known about the direction being pursued for the remake.  The original portrayed a future Detroit in which a ruthless corporation, Omni Consumer Products, has privatized almost every aspect of the decaying city.  Despite its campy title and subject, it is, in fact, a stunningly dense, scathingly sarcastic piece of work.  Padilha's Elite Squad and its sequel are said to be sprawling portraits of a corrupt city, similar to HBO's 'The Wire', so perhaps he can bring an authenticity to the new Robo.

Jose Padilha is the second major director attached to the RoboCop.  Before he directed Natalie Portman in Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky spent time developing his own remake at MGM, but eventually drifted away from the project when it seemed that the studio's ongoing financial woes would prevent it from ever becoming a reality.  He's now directing The Wolverine, a stand-alone story set within the X-Men universe with franchise star Hugh Jackman.

If anybody has seen the Elite Squad films, do you think that they indicate Padilha and Zetumer could deliver a worthy remake?

Source: Deadline

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