We haven’t heard anything on Robocop for a while. Back in June an MGM spokesperson said they were still aiming for a 2011 release, and that director Darren Aronofsky would turn his attention back to the project in early 2010 after finishing Black Swan with Natalie Portman. However according to RoboCop Archive (via MovieHole) the film is currently on hold as Aronofsky and MGM are having a disagreement as to whether it should be in 3D or not.
‘Nash’ from the OCP-lovin’ RoboCop Archive dropped me a line earlier today, stating that ” I’ve spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of ROBOCOP… they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new ROBOCOP. But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he’s not interested in Gimmicks like 3D, CGI, Filming digital, he wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like The Fountain.”
I think we can blame James Cameron for this. If Avatar wasn’t all successful, making billions and whatnot, then studios would carry on as normal producing 2D film. However, as more and more films are being made in (or converted into) 3D i’m sure many directors will be having this discussion when making a film in the future. Some will embraces it, although there will be those who aren’t interested, and it may be another ‘creative difference’ that will result in directors possibly leaving projects.