According to Heat Vision Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk has been hired by MGM to work on the Robocop remake.
The current plan is to begin shooting in the summer, however MGM have yet to find their leading man. Director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) said last year that he wanted Michael Fassbender for the role, but Chris Pine was also thought to be in contention at one point.
MGM and Padilha have a month or two before they need to think about casting, depending on the progress of the script. With the character having his face covered for a good section of the movie they’ll need an actor who can act through the helmet, like Peter Weller did in 1987, so getting an actor with the acting chops required should be MGM’s priority.