Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop Reboot Falls Apart

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After clashing with MGM over the use of gimmicky 3D technology in the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 action/comedy “Robocop,” it would appear that Darren Aronofsky’s ambitious production has taken a severe turn for the worse. According to Moviehole, Phoenix Pictures is reporting that the arguments between the talented filmmaker and the troubled studio have essentially cast the project into development hell. This should really come as no surprise to those who have been following the film, as the production has had a few problems since its inception. However, I think Aronofsky is a gifted director, and I’d love to see him do something truly unique with the franchise. 3D, in my opinion, is definitely not the direction MGM should be heading. Give us something darker, something with a bit of an edge. In other words, let Aronofsky do his thing.

For those who are taking this news badly, maybe this video will cheer you up.

Author: Todd Rigney

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I curse the empty studio suit that originally decided to bring back 3D and re-started this Godforsaken trend.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    I curse the empty studio suit that originally decided to bring back 3D and re-started this Godforsaken trend.

  • Peter

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    Damn you James Cameron! The success of your bland audience-friendly unoriginal movie has caused the reboot for one of my favourte action icons to fail! First Spider-Man 4 gets tossed out, and now this! the year 2010 is starting TERRIBLY.

    NO 3-D!!! Let Aronofsky do his thing! Stupid studio suits!

    • C. Kelso

      Avatar is unoriginal? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Robocop fan. But, looking at it from a director’s point of view, I find Avatar (which James not only directed but wrote it as well) to be more original. As to Aronofsky… He’s wanting to remake a movie which has been played out already. Nothing original about that, if you ask me. Besides. Avatar kicks ass. It’s a breath of fresh air. I’m tired of all these movies that are coming out which are nothing but remakes of older films or comic books.

  • Peter

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    Damn you James Cameron! The success of your bland audience-friendly unoriginal movie has caused the reboot for one of my favourte action icons to fail! First Spider-Man 4 gets tossed out, and now this! the year 2010 is starting TERRIBLY.

    NO 3-D!!! Let Aronofsky do his thing! Stupid studio suits!

    • C. Kelso

      Avatar is unoriginal? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Robocop fan. But, looking at it from a director’s point of view, I find Avatar (which James not only directed but wrote it as well) to be more original. As to Aronofsky… He’s wanting to remake a movie which has been played out already. Nothing original about that, if you ask me. Besides. Avatar kicks ass. It’s a breath of fresh air. I’m tired of all these movies that are coming out which are nothing but remakes of older films or comic books.

  • john

    You’d think Congress could do something worthwhile and ban remakes of old TV shows and movies. The original Robocop is a film that should stand on its own for all time. Besides, the number of great lines in that film rivals Caddyshack and Airplane! Also, in specific regard to Paul McCrane’s classic, “IIIIIIIII LIKE IT!”: they would either have to eliminate it or have an inferior performance of it. Either way it would be terrible!

  • john

    You’d think Congress could do something worthwhile and ban remakes of old TV shows and movies. The original Robocop is a film that should stand on its own for all time. Besides, the number of great lines in that film rivals Caddyshack and Airplane! Also, in specific regard to Paul McCrane’s classic, “IIIIIIIII LIKE IT!”: they would either have to eliminate it or have an inferior performance of it. Either way it would be terrible!

  • http://twitter.com/e_Gotto Eric Taylor

    Avatar was awesome but it was, indeed, a ripoff. Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas ring any bells?? but i digress. I would love to see a Robo remake, but if its not a big budget film, they shouldn't even try. These days if u make a remake, you have to MAKE a remake. Or else all your shit will look like Blair Witch… or Starship Troopers 2 …yuck.

  • http://twitter.com/e_Gotto Eric Taylor

    Avatar was awesome but it was, indeed, a ripoff. Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas ring any bells?? but i digress. I would love to see a Robo remake, but if its not a big budget film, they shouldn't even try. These days if u make a remake, you have to MAKE a remake. Or else all your shit will look like Blair Witch… or Starship Troopers 2 …yuck.