Darren Aronofsky Talks Robocop Reinvention

I have to say, the whole idea of remaking “Robocop” perplexes me. The original still holds up pretty well. The sequels, now, those have always looked pretty awful, even back then, and I would imagine they would look even more awful now. But the original? You could show it on TV now and kids wouldn’t know it was made in 1987. Well, most kids, anyway. But what really perplexes me about the upcoming “Robocop” remake is that Darren Aronofsky has agreed to co-write and direct it. Yes, Darren Aronofsky. Of “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream” fame, not to mention the unfathomably abstract “The Fountain”. How does a man with that kind of resume agree to remake a movie about a cyborg cop from Detroit?

Empire asks the hard hitting questions of Darren Aronofsky, and here’s what he said:

“It’s a real reinvention,” he told us, responding to those rumours that the movie would somehow follow on or be a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. “Me and David Self are working on the screenplay. He’s a great, great writer and we’re trying to do something new and fresh. We’ll see what happens when the screenplay comes.”

He wouldn’t be drawn, though, on which elements would be carried over from the cyberpunk classic, or if room would be made for the original Murphy – Peter Weller – to make a cameo.

“There’ll be…” he started to say, before Prime Directive 4 (“classified”) kicked in and moved him onto safer, vaguer ground. “I’m a big fan of the original. It still holds up as an amazing film, and I think it’s more just looking at that same type of material in the 21st century and seeing where it leads us.”

I still don’t get it. How does a guy like Darren Aronofsky end up directing a movie about a cyborg cop? I’m so utterly perplexed, and yet so utterly fascinated at seeing how it all turns out.

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