We’ve been reporting in the past about how MGM had announced their intentions to remake/reboot the “Robcop” franchise, and that they were looking at Darren Aronofsky as a possible director. To be honest with you, I never thought it would happen. After all, how could it? Aronofsky? The director of “The Fountain” doing a movie about a Detroit cop that gets whacked, and his brain transplanted into a cyborg? Well, actually, now that I think about it, yeah, why NOT Darren Aronofsky? Good news if you feel that way, because The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Aronofsky will, indeed, be directing “Robocop” for MGM with an eye toward a 2010 release.
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“Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral filmmakers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood,” said Mary Parent, chairman of MGM’s worldwide motion picture group.
The original “RoboCop,” written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, was directed with camp adroitness by Paul Verhoeven in 1987 and released by Orion Pictures. It focused on a mortally wounded cop in a futuristic, crime-ridden Detroit who returns to fight corruption in the guise of a tough-talking cyborg. Sequels followed in 1990 and 1993, along with TV series and video games. RoboCop retains a sizable fan base online.
“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 through the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self,” Medavoy said.
Parent and MGM chairman-CEO Harry Sloan announced their “RoboCop” revival in May at Cannes, and they’re hoping to rebuild the do-gooding manbot, utilizing the latest filmmaking technology and spending accordingly, as much as $100 million on the budget. The tone and feel would be similar to the first movie.
Screenwriter David Self’s credits include “Road to Perdition” and upcoming films “The Wolfman” and, yes, “Deathlok”, about another cyborg superhero (of sorts) based on the Marvel Comic book character of the same name.
As for Darren Aronofsky, well, there was “Pi”, “Requiem for a Dream”, and most recently, “The Fountain”. He has 3 movies geared up for 2009, but if he’s committed to “Robocop” and its 2010 release, then one of those movies may have to go, cause this thing is gonna be a whopper of a movie.