Monday, July 28, 2008
Re-Activating ROBOCOP [news]
A ROBOCOP SEQUEL IS COMING!!!
MGM has singed Darren Aronofsky to direct the next Robocop movie. The director is best known for directing ‘The Fountain’, as well as ‘Pi’ and ‘Requiem for a Dream’. The movie will be written by David Self who wrote ‘Road to Perdition’. Aronofsky was once rumored to be the one who would direct the Batman reboot with what was once rumored to be "Batman: Year One" (adaptation of the Frank Miller Batman origin story), this was before it was announced finally that Nolan was going to do it with "Batman Begins"
"Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of us at MGM couldn't be more excited.", That’s the official line from MGM’s Mary Parent from a press conference last July 24, 2008.
MGM is working in conjunction with Phoenix Pictures to produce the film, and CEO Mike Medavoy was actually with Orion when they produced Robocop all those years ago, "After making the first ROBOCOP at Orion more than 20 years ago, I'm thrilled to be helping to return this character to the screen with our partners at MGM and through the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self." It is set to be released on 2010. The teaser poster contains these teaser quotes
“Present day Los Angeles, 20 years after the termination of the RoboCop program, the city decides to reinstate the program.”
This would imply that the film will be a sequel of sorts—similar to Terminator4—rather than a fresh start like Batman Begins. Moreover, one can speculate that Aronofsky is a big fan of Paul Verhoeven’s original film, which faced an X-rating due to its desensitizing violence (Re: the film’s message) and was later reissued under the glorious X by Criterion. Unlike McG, I would expect Aronofsky to keep the franchise’s violence and nihilistic tone intact, based on his previous and forthcoming films. The PG-13 RoboCop 3 notwithstanding, Detroit is still Detroit, after all. Oh wait, RoboCop will be set in L.A.