Jose Padilha in RoboCop Remake Hell

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With news of Hugh Laurie leaving the RoboCop remake and a scathing script review still ringing in everyone’s ears, it appears as if there’s even more trouble in these remake waters. Read on for the latest.

According Screen Crush, Padilha’s close friend and fellow Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God, 360) spoke recently to South American website Cinemacom Rapadura and revealed some details from conversations he’s had with Padilha about the RoboCop reboot:

“I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone,” says Meirelles. “He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. ‘This is hell here,’ he told me. ‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.”

Great. Hang in there, José! We’re pulling for you!

While the above is disturbing, just keep in mind how this news was obtained, and then translated from one language to another. The whole thing could be taken out of context. In any event…

Jose Padilha’s film is gearing up for a September start in Toronto and thus far stars Joel Kinnaman as the title hero plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Currently RoboCop has a tentative release date of August 9th, 2013.

In RoboCop the year is 2029, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe, and now they want to bring this technology to the home front.

Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father, and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes its remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life.

He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

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  • Sirand

    After reading that Robocop was basically a “Transformer” in this, I checked out. Another classic desecrated.

  • MagusMaleficus

    Even though this is basically poorly translated heresay, Hugh Laurie leaving the movie is definitely a strong sign that something is rotten in the state of Robocopland.

  • JB Demented

    Id take it as a sign. This mistake of a remake isnt meant to be.

  • nazo

    That’s a shame, because, based on Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, I think Padilha could, with this cast, top the original RoboCop if given free reign.

  • LSD Zombie

    I’m sure before this is all over, Padilha’s never going to want to direct a picture in the USA ever again. We treat foreign filmmakers so well over here.

  • Vanvance1

    This doesn’t bode well. I never understood why studios would pick a director and then hamstring him during the making of the film. If the studios go with a ‘yes man’ like they did for the Total Recall remake they wind up with a turkey that doesn’t even perform well.

    They need to admit to themselves that a film is not a science and no one has the perfect money making formula.