Jose Padilha finding RoboCop "hell" to make

Reports of studio interference hit the web

Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake had seemingly been progressing ultra-smoothly, with one big-name star after another queuing up to join the production. However, according to the director's friend, Fernando Meirelles, things have not been so peachy behind the scenes.

"I talked to José Padilha last week by phone," said Meirelles in an interview with Cinemacom Rapadura. "He will begin filming RoboCop [but] he is saying that it is the worst experience. For every ten ideas he has, nine are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight [for]."

"‘This is hell here,’ he told me," says Meirelles. "‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but he’s a fighter."

None of which sounds terribly promising for a film we had been harbouring fairly high hopes for, not least because of its impressive ensemble cast which includes Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Michael K. Williams.

Obviously we've got to take into account the 'Chinese whispers' element of the report (Meirelles' comments have been translated into English), and will hold back on too much speculation until we get a statement direct from the horse's mouth.

Given that it will have been Padilha's vision for the project that likely snared those big names in the first place, we can only hope that MGM don't mess with his ideas too much. We'll find out for sure when the film opens in the UK on 9 August 2013.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Aug 28th 2012, 8:53

      I thought Hugh Laurie had left the production?

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Aug 28th 2012, 8:59

      I cried a little when I heard a rumour that the studio has given a go-ahead to totally redesign the Robo-suit and not for the better either. I feel another bland Total Recall movie that will be Robocop only in name but not spirit.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 28th 2012, 9:10

      No doubt the studio fools will be aiming for a PG-13 or R rating, which is the kiss of death for the any action movie that wants to be violent and profane. Why not let the creative people get on with their work, while the number-crunching besuited chimpanzees get on with just funding the thing?

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Aug 28th 2012, 9:46

      @Hadouken76 PG-13 or R, surely you only mean PG-13 there otherwise that comment makes no sense unless you seriously want an NC-17 version. Anyway this does not sound good and even more what everyone has been saying above has seriously got me worried considering my hopes where getting high on this project. Now....oh dear.

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Aug 28th 2012, 9:48

      Hadouken76 - exactly. The original was a brilliant, profane, hardcore, limb-ripping, acid-melting, up-yours to the stuffy suits. A vanilla Robocop (or any Verhoeven film) is just a shame.

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      Aug 28th 2012, 10:18

      A troubled shoot for the remake of a perfectly good classic that doesn't need to be remade? My heart bleeds...

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Aug 28th 2012, 10:24

      I agree, wasnt the whole reason Robocop 3 is hated and universally not seen because it was a PG? Robocop is violent. Thats the point

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 28th 2012, 12:07

      Jeff, think you're right.. Laurie, it seems, has left the movie. Doesn't bode well.

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    • SiMan

      Aug 28th 2012, 12:46

      It sounds more and more these days that the big studios are looking for the next franchise they can churn several movies out of and therefore won't take any risks with films like this. I wonder how much the finished film will differ from Padilha's original vision for it

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    • volta1228

      Aug 28th 2012, 13:37

      With the script leak's public online bashing, Hugh Laurie leaving the film and now this... things aren't sounding good w/ this movie at all. Yikes.

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    • MadMatt

      Aug 28th 2012, 15:57

      Why on Earth would Total Film have 'fairly high hopes' for this film? Replacing a director who satirises fascism (Verhoeven) with one who tacitly endorses it shows the film is completely wrong-headed from the outset.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 28th 2012, 16:43

      Funny the original was also a nightmare production, Paul Verhoven had similar battles with the studio and the lead actor.

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    • Trickycustomer

      Aug 28th 2012, 21:35

      "in MGM no one can hear you creative views"

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    • Trickycustomer

      Aug 28th 2012, 21:37

      Apologies ""Your" Damn predictive text...

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