Two weeks ago we heard that MGM were moving forward with their plans for a RoboCop reboot having emerged from bankruptcy. The movie, which previously had Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky in charge, was put on hold last year due to MGM’s financial situation. However with Aronofsky now set to direct The Wolverine MGM have been looking for other potential directors, and they may have found one.
According to Deadline MGM is negotiating with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to direct the film. The original hit screens in 1987 with director Paul Verhoeven and took place in a dystopic and crime ridden Detroit, where a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.
It is likely Jose Padilha will be starting again from scratch, and won’t be filming Aronofsky script written by David Self (Road to Perdition). Padilha gained attention from his crime drama Elite Squad and its sequel which came out in 2010. They were Portuguese language films and only had festival and DVD runs in the U.S., but Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within grossed over $60 million in Brazil alone last year, more than Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.
With The Hobbit on the verge of filming and Bond 23 in pre-production MGM are hoping to make RoboCop its first major franchise.