Brazilian director Jose Padilha was hired by MGM earlier this month to reboot their RoboCop franchise with screenwriter Josh Zetumer. In a recent interview Padilha spoke about working on the film, and says filming will begin once the script is “good enough”.
Q: This is something that can work out really well or… I mean, because there’s a lot of expectations around this, how are your expectations?
Padilha: I have no concerns about it. I only work on movies when it feels right, when I add something of my own way of portraying things. I make movies for myself and I don’t feel nervous, I have no problem with expectations, and if the movie is going to work or not. I just look forward to keep its integrity and directing it the best way I can, all the rest doesn’t concern me.
Q: MGM was looking for a globally appealing director. Why do you think they chose you?
Padilha: I don’t know. I think they saw my movies and felt there was something there that could bring to the present day this controversial, yet different, violent movie which is RoboCop without misrepresenting it.
Q: So when can we expect RoboCop to come out?
Padilha: It’s a project I’m developing from the very beginning together with Josh Zetumer, which is the screenwriter, and there’s no deadline really. When the screenplay turns out good enough, then we will start shooting.
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.