Robocop reboot could be directed by Jose Padilha

Elite Squad helmer up for it


Robocop has been attempting to make a big screen come back for years now, with various filmmakers all turning their hand to the project.

Now, though, MGM appear to have find a man to fill the director’s chair, with Elite Squad’s Joe Padilha in negotiations to take on the gig.
Padilha’s Elite Squad received acclaimed for its street level action, which dealt with Brazil’s drug culture in a feverish, breathless fashion.
Padilha also helmed award-winning doc Bus 174, which means he’s also got a few grey cells to go along with that action mentality – and could mean he’s a surprise perfect fit for Robocop.
Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 Robocop was celebrated for its satirical wit as much as its iconic imagery, which means the reboot’s director should be able to handle both action and social commentary.
Once Padilha has signed on to the reboot, MGM will finally hire a writer to get the Robocop script off the ground. The MGM revival continues…

Elite? Or beat it? Think Padilha is a good choice for the director's chair? Tell us below...


    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 2nd 2011, 10:16

      Wow, another pointless remake which no doubt is destined for mediocrity. It doesn't matter who they get to direct it, it will never match up to Verhoeven’s original. Despite the fact that all remakes are normally completely unnecessary anyway, Robocop is another perfect example of a film that really doesn't need a reboot. What is wrong with cinema when all they can do is produce frankly s****y remakes of once great films.

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    • Dazza100k

      Mar 2nd 2011, 14:25

      Man, the comments left on these pages are... well...pretty much worthless. Yes remake the thing but satirical, maybe not. New time, New director, different film. I guess I'm alone in saying yay! Two Bad Leutenents- Hooray! Two Flys- definetly hooray! Two Psycho's - Hell, why not make it three! Nothing is sacred, play with it, may be worse, god forbid it may actually be better. Could someone remake Casablanca? Sacrilage right? Even if it was good or better, today's press, and I mean you too Total Film, would trash it. Robocop, where the govenment is having specific individuals killed and made into cops. - Just an idea?...

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 2nd 2011, 15:06

      I think i said it before, but Steampunk Cop set in Victorian New York would be a better idea...

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 3rd 2011, 19:53

      I would have been interested if Darren Aranorfsky was going to direct.

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    • drhthomas

      Mar 4th 2011, 19:46

      Why not remake it, the series died on it's a*s years ago. Who ever wrote this article doesn't seem to have the best grasp oh the English language either, maybe your writer's aren't paid enough, lol.

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