Jose Padilha Having a Hellish Time Making the Robocop Movie He Wants

Jose Padilha on the set of Levels (2008) Movie ImageNeedless to say, this smells like bad news for anyone hoping Jose Padilha’s version of “Robocop” will meet or even surpass the standards set by the Paul Verhoeven 1987 original. That film, 25 years later, still holds up thanks to its slick production values and biting writing, and is probably one of the best films Verhoeven has ever done in terms of overall excellence.

So what’s the deal with the Jose Padilha reboot? Last week, “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles, a friend of Padilha’s, let it slip in an interview that his buddy was having a “hellish” time on the reboot. Or as he puts it:

I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight… ‘This is hell here,’ he told me. ‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.

Once those quotes leaked onto the Internet, you can bet your ass klaxons started going off at MGM. The studio has now sent out Padilha to dispel those rumors, with the director making an official statement to a Brazilian newspaper, saying:

I have a script I’m happy with and I got the cast I have picked. The director of photography is Lula Carvalho, my editor is Daniel Rezende (City of God, Elite Squad, The Tree of Life). I was even consulted for the selection of the producers.

As to the rumor of problems…

We deal with those difficulties with coolness and familiarity.

Heh. Reminds me of my reaction to Hurricane Ike. I dealt with that with coolness and familiarity, too. Or was that humidity and stickiness? One of those.

Obviously this is an attempt at damage control, and it’s interesting to note that Padilha doesn’t actually refute the rumors, he just says he “deals” with them.

Still have good thoughts about the “Robocop” remake, kids?

RoboCop (1987) Movie Image

Via : CBR