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RoboCop remake gains writer

RoboCop.jpgThere's some weight hitting behind the remake of RoboCop, and while it's not a Darren Aronofsky version I was delighted to find that José Padilha was directing the remake, I mean think about Ônibus 174 (Bus 174) (Filmstalker review), Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) (Filmstalker review) and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Filmstalker review), excellent films and a brilliant style to make a tough and gritty RoboCop.

Now there's a writer to match and the studio haven't just thrown a brand new writer or a populist adaptation writer at the project, it's the writer of Gran Torino (Filmstalker review).

Nick Schenk is a relatively new writer if you remove Gran Torino from his credit list, but that is a damn fine credit to have on your list and one which I think serves him in good stead for RocoCop. Why do I say that? Well it's not a comic or video game adaptation, he's not from that mould which would suggest that the studio are continuing with taking a very different view of this project that the first film.

I'm not a huge fan of remakes, and the thing that had me excited about the remake of RoboCop initially was the fact that Darren Aronofsky was leading the project, but I'm more excited that José Padilha is directing and with Schenk set to write the script I'm piqued just a little bit more.

There is another interesting titbit in the The Hollywood Reporter story about the writer that is also worth noting, he has been working with Padilha on the thriller Tri-Border, the one about the area between three South American countries that is generally lawless.

All this spells nothing but good things for the RoboCop remake and is promising us something completely new. I'm now desperate for this to move forward.



Gran Torino was a delight and it was a very "human" movie so I think its a great choice, especially considering the direction José Padilha has talked about adopting. I think its a great complement and we could end up with something akin to Aronofsky's original vision if they layer in philosophical musings like: "At what point do you stop being a man and become a machine?"

I really do hope part of the movie is gonna be Alex Murphy/Robocop on a metaphorical quest to answer that question while still showcasing kick-ass action scenes... and perhaps some cyborg on cyborg/robot violence... I'm not talking anything on the scale of Cain as I don't see them on a war of machines for the first movie but something less clunky than ED-209.

I’m so excited that things are going forward for a RoboCop remake. I’ve been perusing DISHonline.com for more RoboCop content and came across the TV miniseries, “RoboCop: Prime Directives,” and the animated series, “RoboCop: Alpha Commando” which are both free to watch. So far, the cartoon is fun and the live action TV series is definitely an interesting addition. Some of my co-workers at DISH think that Jose Padilha will take a completely different approach with his tentative plans for the remake, but I think that he’ll move beyond what we’ve seen of RoboCop thus far. There is a whole generation who don’t even know how cool RoboCop is, so I have high hopes that this remake will bring him back bigger than ever.


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