MGM’s attempt to bring RoboCop back to the big screen seems to be moving along. We’ve known quite some time that Elite Squad director Jose Padilha is attached, but now it looks like the project also has a writer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Nick Schenk, who penned Gran Torino and has been working with Padilha on the thriller Tri-Border, has signed on to the Robo-reboot. There’s been no word on whether Schenk will incorporate elements created by previous screenwriter Josh Zetumer.
RoboCop debuted on the big screen in director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film, which followed mortally wounded police officer Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) as he was transformed into a cyborg to help clean up a futuristic Detroit overrun by corruption, crime and corporations. Padhila has said he intends to explore the actual process of turning a man into a machine more than the first three films while also retaining the original’s biting social commentary.
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