Elite Squad’s Jose Padilha Bringing his Elite Skills to the Robocop Reboot

Looks like Detroit’s favorite shiny metal cop is about to get another lease on life. You know, besides the one he already got after he was shot to pieces and then put into a robot body, I mean. The movie reboot, long in development, has just gotten a big jolt of “it might actually happen” with this news that “Elite Squad” director Jose Padilha is “in talks” to direct.

The last time “Robocop” got this close to making a comeback on the big screen, “Black Swan’s” Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct. Obviously that was a pretty big shock, and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why a guy like Aronofsky would consider directing such an obviously commercial, mainstream studio action movie. When he jumped ship, it sorta all made sense. (But of course, he then jumped into the “Wolverine” sequel, and I’m confused all over again.)

But back to “Robocop”.

Heat Vision says Padilha beat out potential directors Robert Rodriguez and David Slade for the gig, and will be making his Hollywood debut on the movie. Padilha will have a budget of around $80 million from MGM to work with.

“Robocop” is now looking for a writer to put him back into the action.