While hopes for a statue honoring RoboCop in Detroit continue to be debated across the Internet, Hollywood goes about the real business of keeping the super-cop from Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film alive and well in the public consciousness. A RoboCop reboot has been brewing for quite a few years now, and the project finally seems to be getting closer to reality.
MGM is in negotiations with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to helm the film, Deadline reports. Padilha isn’t too well known in the United States, but his crime dramas Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2 are quite popular, with the sequel grossing more than $60 million in Brazil, better than U.S. releases Alice in Wonderland, Shrek Forever After and Avatar did there. A writer will be set once Padilha — or whoever else, should negotiations fall through — is signed on; the director will then work closely with the writer on developing a story.
That part doesn’t seem too hard. Fleshbag cop has a nasty run-in with some bad guys and is left to die. He is found and given medical attention, but the damage is too extensive. The only way to save him is to turn him into a metal-encased android supercop with a gun holstered inside his leg. Seriously guys. Not brain surgery.
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