Earlier this month we heard that MGM were zoning in on Brazilian director Jose Padilha to direct their RoboCop reboot, and now according to Deadline the studio has hired Josh Zetumer to write the script. Both Padilha and Zetumer will work together on the script in order to get it ready for filming.
None of Josh Zetumer’s scripts have been made into movies yet, but he’s been involved with some high-profile projects. His spy thriller script Infiltrator is set-up at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio attached, and he also wrote drafts of Dune for Peter Berg before it fell back into development hell. Zetumer also wrote the script for Bourne 4, however Universal decided to reboot the franchise instead after director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon decided not to return.
The original RoboCop movie 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. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was attached to the reboot last year until MGM hit financial trouble, and now he is busy working on The Wolverine.
With The Hobbit on the verge of filming and Bond 23 in pre-production MGM are hoping to make RoboCop its first major franchise.