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The ROBOCOP Reboot May Have A Director!

Nordling here.

Deadline is reporting that MGM is closing in on a director they like to make their ROBOCOP reboot.  And surprisingly it's a name that I think most people won't recognize, unless they're from Brazil.  Director Joe Padilha, who directed ELITE SQUAD and ELITE SQUAD 2, is the front runner for the job.

I haven't seen these two films, but I'll definitely have to track them down now.  I'd read about ELITE SQUAD 2 (our buddy Rav reviewed it for Sundance this year) and how it blew everyone away at Sundance, and apparently it's made more money in Brazil than AVATAR.  Both the ELITE SQUAD films are crime thrillers, so Padilha's pedigree for the project seems to be fitting.  He's also directed a documentary called BUS 174, about a hostage situation that goes bad, and it sounds intense.

I love that MGM pulls a director out of the hat that we didn't expect.  We all have our preconceived notions about what an Aronofsky ROBOCOP would look like, and now we'll need to adjust those notions.  But if the ELITE SQUAD films and BUS 174 are any indication, Padilha may bring some serious grit and edge to a new ROBOCOP.  I also love that South American filmmaking is getting some love with this pick; this definitely shows that MGM isn't going for cookie-cutter filmmaking with this one.  Since Paul Verhoeven made the first ROBOCOP with his customary focus and wit, it's nice to see MGM going back to what made the orginal so great and giving this to a director who would bring his passion and intensity to the project.

So what say you Talkbackers?  Are the ELITE SQUAD films good precursors for a ROBOCOP film?  I'm interested in reading your opinions, and for now, I'm going to track those films down (and they go on a long list of things I need to see these days).

Nordling, out.

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  • March 1, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, shit, it's not John Chu?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I mean, the Beiber film made money. So he'd be a great choice...

  • March 1, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Agreed...there's NO need to remake this.

    by Fred Garvin

    May as well remake The Godfather & Chinatown while we're at it...sheesh.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    short circuit 3

    by tim

    pleeeease... no disassemble arnofsky

  • March 1, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Kidding aside, I don't know this guy or these films at all...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but he does sound like a very interesting choice. Let's wait until they start casting Murphy... man, is the bile going to flow then...

  • March 1, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Elite Squad was excellent.

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    I haven't seen the sequel, but I'm betting it will live up to the hype. And Bus 174 was a pretty remarkable documentary. If this movie fails, it won't be Padilha's fault. Who's writing this thing? I think they're going to have to ditch the whole satirical route, or critical hatred of this will be epic.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Derek

    I don't mind remakes at all. It's not like they're trying to usurp the originals' thrones. I like seeing films in a different style.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    nope, no way

    by imagegod

    Robocop is perfect, a remake is automatically not as good. what's next, going to try to remake the Lost Boys? that's also a failure since it couldn't possibly have anything nearly as cool as the greased up sax player.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    What's Robocop going to look like?

    by Rob

    Is it going to be the same suit? If not, shit is going to be retarded. Shit, it's gonna suck anyway.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    by imagegod

    and really what could replace Clarence Boddiker? that's right, nothing.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    surprising??? you've got to be kidding.

    by PotSmokinAlien

    isn't this what hollywood does for their all their sensitive remake properties these days?? that is, hire a young first-timer who's too afraid he'll get a reputation for being "difficult" to stand up to whatever moronic directives the studio hands down from on high?

  • March 1, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    This can't hold up to the original

    by Axl Z

    Would be like remaking Star Wars or Jaws.. Would pale in comparison. Everything was right for Robocop the first time around.. 80's culture, everything.. This'll be like any number of straight to VHS Robo ripoffs of the 90's. Prove me wrong Hollywood, your move creeps.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    i know the dude made movies in brazil before, i mean "first timer" as far as working for an american studio...

  • Antol's first film was exciting and inspired. It took a really excellent concept and ran with a distinctive theme and managed to weave all the characters with distinct and subtle personalities. They all brought a quirky perspective with them and the film was a unique mixture of thriller, comedy, drama- It was thoughtfully written and expertly composed on a story-telling and visual level, Shift to Predators 2 and it looks good. Rodriguez brings along comes this director who can perhaps inject the imagination something like this needs. Rodriguez didn't bring the story- end of! If the same thing applies to Robocop then it could well destroy my memory of this film. It worked on so many levels, action, satire, drama, that if they don't treat this film with the respect that it deserves I will shoot whomever is responsible right in the crotch.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    Jesus Fucking Christ. There is NO FUCKING WAY they're going to be able to top the original ROBOCOP. It's an all-time classic dark comedy -- a hilarious and scathing satire of corporate America wrapped up in a parody of cop movies. This new reboot will miss ALL of that and just be an action movie. PLEASE DON'T RUIN ROBOCOP. Thank you.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    "Before he was Robocop he was Alex Murphy"

    by Axl Z

    There's your poster tagline hollywood - give me dollars now

  • Should be left alone and allowed to be what it is. The message of the film doesn't need updating in anyway. Leave well alone.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Just watched the Elite Squad 2 trailer on youtube...

    by Chewtoy Looks like an interesting flick, and would work fine as a straight take on Robocop... but do we want a straight take on Robocop? Hopefully this Brazilian director is able to bring the satire as well.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Another pointless remake! Seems we're showered with this kind of news on a weekly basis. It's becoming comical now.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Robocop...

    by BarryConvex

    Has anyone seen Peter Weller's reaction to the purposed Robocop statue?

  • March 1, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    so tired...

    by TDH1138

    ... of the remakes. There's a ton of great material in Books and Comics. Lots of great ideas out there. I'm just so tired of remakes. Reboots are different... I don't mind it if it's needed.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Yeah, barryconvex, Weller still has the moves with handgun.

    by kabong

    His robo helmet looked good too.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    cmon people dont act surprised

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    remakes at this point should be as guaranteed as the sun rising, taxes or bill murray procrastinating reading the GB3 script for another week. anyway - robocop 1 was the only entry worth anything. 2 & 3 sucked. I'm indifferent toward a remake. If it's cool than good. If not then what the fuck ever.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Ha-ha!! I'll buy THAT for a dollar!!

    by venvariants

    Good luck with that.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    D O N O T R E M A K E T H I S M O V I E ! ! ! !

    by Mennen


  • March 1, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    No idea why they are rebooting but the Director...

    by Ian Sorensen

    Elite Squad was a good workmanlike movie, Elite Squad 2 is a real classic. A crime thriller that also speaks about the corruption and danger inherent in the Brazilian police force and government. But Bus 174 happens to be one of my favourite documentaries, no actually, favourite movies of all time. If you have not seen it do yourself a favour and watch it now. It will sucker punch you in a way you are unlikely to forget.

  • March 1, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Bitches leave

    by Marat

  • March 1, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

    by Marat

    Boycotting this remake btw

  • March 1, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    I saw it at the Phoenix in Oxford when it came out, and the director managed to make a few hours of relatively static archive footage and a number of talking heads into one of the most dynamic, taut and slow-build explorations of the origins of violence I have ever seen. Haven't seen Elite Squad 1 or 2, but if Bus 174 was anything to go by, he's FUCKING PERFECT for exploring the ultraviolence and ultramorality of Robocop. Now I'm excited. I wasn't before.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    by Josh

    Don't tell anyone who is playing robocop and wait till the end of the movie and reveal robocop to be....... Charlie Sheen

  • March 1, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Just release a good transfer of the Verhoeven movie on blu ray

    by Gorgomel

  • March 1, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    give it a reboot, but dont remake the first ala predators

    by misnomer

    A Robocop 4 in effect, set a few years after the third on a new roboproject. No need to reinvent the wheel.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    ""Before he was Robocop he was Alex Murphy...

    by buggerbugger

    ...bits of Alex Murphy. All over the floor."

  • Descriptions of it are popping up on the net. Sounds pretty badass. He's gonna "personally deliver Hitler to the gates of Hell."

  • March 1, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Such a potentially great franchise gone to waste...

    by darthwaz1

    Funny how even the late great Irvin K. couldn't make a good sequel, the guy made one of the greatest sci-fi sequels ever, and one of the worst...Robocop could've been one of the best scifi/action series ever, but they blew it.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    In the words of R.C. Collins...

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Elite Squad was hardcore!!! Hear nothing but great things about Bus 174, and though I can't speak on the sequel, Tropa de Elite was visceral and violent. This could be promising, but it will be hard to re-invent or continue Robocop (sequels sucked).

  • March 1, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Lead candidates?

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

  • March 1, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Lead Candidates?

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Cillian Murphy? He's a good actor, has the slight build/blue eyed quality of Peter Weller. Hopefully the studio doesn't go all "edgy", cast Will Smith or Shia LeBeouf

  • March 1, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Robo Cop 2 is a solid sequel

    by Ray_Tango

    It's like someone was saying on here the other day about Ghost Busters 2. It's still good because it's the same cast and the same atmosphere etc... It's just simply not as good as the original. Which is hardly surprising when the sequel's script was probably developed in a 5th of the time the original had. I watched them back-to-back recently and it was a great night.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Elite Squad is not just a "flick"...

    by Hari_Seldon

    As a Brazilian, I can tell you that these two movies did the job of exposing to the public de big picture of crime in our country. It had a major impact to society, finally leading to the recent ocuppation of a number of slums in Rio by a unprecedent efford from both the police and the army. It showed how regular citizens, government, police and politics are involved with the crime and violence that they claim to fight. And did it in an amazing and funny way. A must see.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    I shouldn't say Robocop 2 outright sucked (though the 3rd one did);it had some moments. Robocain still remains as an awesome piece of tech/practical fx, but I disagree about it having the same atmosphere and tone as the first. The inclusion of Hobb, "Nuke" as the drug (both the name and appearance were a bit cheesy for my tastes) and the satirical commercials-it was a bit too knowing or tongue in cheek to me. The original still remains as hallmark in sci-fi, doesnt feel THAT dated whereas R2 definitely feels tied to the 90's. Not as severe a shift as watching Batman Returns (Robocop) and subsequently Batman Forever (Robocop 2) but still a bit off for me.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by detonator

    I wasnt very excited about a new Robocop...but this director knows his craft. Elite Squad 1 and 2 are awesome.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Loved Robocop,

    by ckone

    Detested part 2. It was just terrible, I have since overwritten most of the memory of that thing with other better memories. I just watched ROBO recently and the dang thing still holds up nicely except for the 80's looking cars and some bad blue screened city images, maybe they can just get Lucas to go in there and add a whole bunch of futury stuff and call it ROBOCOP ILM and release that? Ahh forget it. Nothing will be better than Wellers performance in part one.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Agreed-Weller's overlooked performance elevated what coulda been a B-movie in lesser hands.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    changed my mind

    by Billy_D_Williams

    the only reason i was excited about this was b/c of aranofsky's that he's bowed out, i find the remake to be totally not necessary and im not looking forward to it anymore.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by BarryConvex

    I couldn't agree with you more about Cillian Murphy, he's definitely talentend and has a Peter Weller-esque look. Plus, the man is criminally underused.

  • Just my two cents.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    True- I think hes definitely capable of a soulful performance, which is what Weller pulled off even behind the costume. Thanks.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    They could use the original script for Robocop 2

    by Chewtoy

    Didn't the writers of the first one turn in a script that was too much of a departure for the studio? Something about Lewis and Murphy being taken out in the first five minutes, and then Robocop being reactivated generations later?

  • March 1, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The new Robocop flick

    by bobbofatz

    will have big government as the enemy, rather thn business. It would be based in the shithole that is SF. Robo would run on solarpower and biodiesel. Rather than guns he would shoot a gooey substance from his groin area trapping evil Repubs. A tv personality would say "I would buy that for a foodstamp". Think of the possibilities.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Peter Weller is a great actor but with the misfortune

    by KilliK

    that his talent really shows in weird roles. I would love to be his student in his History Art University classroom,i read he is very funny when teaching.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Foreign director essential, this is great news

    by Nem_Wan

    Part of Robocop's greatness is its spot-on parody of American excess (high and low) and a foreign artist is perhaps best equipped to choose the best targets for sharp satire. That's how RoboCop scored and it's also key to the similar humor in the Grand Theft Auto games, which are made mostly by Brits and Scots.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The Plot Play-Out Robocop Did not capitolize on

    by TheJudger

    Murphy being killed intentionally so he can be turned into Robocop. I am thinking this would be the type of direction the remake would take. Murphy is set up and killed turned into a machine- they assume he forgot who he really was something triggers it and now he wants revenge. A way to make the flames higher is to add more gas. His family should be killed as well. His wife in a coma or something. His family moved on in the original film. His wife could become a batter chip. We could see him visiting her and his sons grave after he remembers who he was. I am by no means suggesting that it's better, not at all. The first film is note perfect, and I cant image better. I can imagine different, but certainly not better.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    his son grave

    by TheJudger

    and her in the hospital. Sorry didnt put the periods in all the right places.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Whoah, whoah, WHOAH! Wait. Peter Weller is a college professor now?

    by Orbots Commander

    What school? And does he have any video taped courses, because that's something to see, right there. I mean, next thing you know, you'll be telling me that some starlet, like, I don't know Angelina Jolie, is a U.N. Amabassador or some such nonsense.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    A final movie with Weller would be so much better

    by American Mythos

    than a damn reboot. I'd like to see a movie about an obsolete cyborg making his last stand -- OCP trying to squeeze every last penny out of his use, relegating him to the shitty outskirts of Old Detroit while Delta City flourishes. Show just how corporatized America has become, with rival corporations (other corporate owned cities) hiring renegades in the vein of Boddicker to pull off acts of crime and terror inside Delta City, or hacking OCP's new Robocops toward those ends. It would be interesting to see how much Murphy's humanity has returned or "evolved" over 20 years. But most of all it would just be awesome to see the aged, weathered face of Peter Weller inside that dull, dented armor. A reboot is a reboot, but a sendoff is something special. Of course, Hollywood only knows how to beat a dead horse, clone it, and beat it to death, and clone it, and...

  • March 1, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy great great idea

    by KilliK

    dont forget the internet and the whole online culture: memes,facebook,twitter,youtube,lolcats,mobile phones taking pics,etc the movie should use a bit of hard-science (like the original Robo) and try to depict how the above things would evolve in the future and how the society would change because of those.ofc everything would be seen through the glasses of the dark humour. For exampme,Tv,radio,newspaper and internet have been merged into a universal network where the infromation is available anywhere and always and people use cyborg implants to have direct access to it. It is a cyberpunk universe ie people have replaced their eyes with eye-like glass monitors which give them direct feedback from tv channelss,internet news,movies etc. And the dark humour can be like this: In the tv/internet news the newcaster is announcing the new record of suicide with most views in the Deathtube which is the emo version of the youtube (ok i got this idea from 2000ad),or a bus is moving in the road having an ala Blade Runner video advertisement where you can see the ad of the new Coca Cola refreshment the Weeda Cola and the Facebook like/not like option appears for the linked viewers to choose if they like the new drink or not,or in the subway there is someone stabbed in front of the people but instead of helping him they are taking pics of him using their iphone 10 to send them to their twitter account. something like that.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    orbots commander yeah he teaches

    by KilliK

    ancient history in a university and he also hosted a documentary about ancient Rome. from wiki: In 2004, Weller completed a Master's degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University and occasionally teaches courses in ancient history at the university. He was a commentator on the History Channel's documentary, Rome: Engineering an Empire. In 2007, Weller was finishing a Ph.D. at UCLA, in Italian Renaissance art history. as the greeks say: learn a skill and leave it. heh.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I'm completely for this 100%

    by theoyboy

    This is the perfect franchise that needs a reboot. Save for the first film's greatness, the series has left a sour taste in my mouth. <p>Sure, the second film had its moments but it'd be great to see a re-imagining of the character. <p>Something tells me Aronofsky was going for a completely different take. Something along the lines of a police officer who WANTED to experiment with cybernetics and became drunk with the power as he slowly became more and more robotic. <p>I'd also like to see a different take on his backstory, whether it's an OCP-like company setting him up to die and become RoboCop or his family being killed. <p>I always thought Neill Blomkamp would be perfect for a film like this. Take the transformation into a Prawn and translate that into a police officer drunk on becoming more powerful as a cyborg, yet leaving behind everything that made him human -- his wife, family, son, etc. <p>That's what I want to see and that's what the heart of the story is about. I know we all want to see some "satirist" takes but, seriously, you don't need that in a re-imagining of the film. That was the first take on Robo; it's time for fresh ideas for the character. <p>Before Batman Begins, the original RoboCop was what redefined the superhero genre. There's no reason a new RoboCop film cannot do something different again with the character re-imagined. There's a difference between remaking a horror film and relaunching a universe and character. Look at the Batman films. On a much smaller scale, RoboCop was slowly bastardized. Now we may finally get back to its roots and, perhaps, a fresh take on the character. <p>I say, bring it on!

  • March 1, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Wish I was one of Weller students after that FoD clip

    by Phategod100

    I'd never let him live that down unless my grades were in trouble.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST we're remaking perfect movies?

    by Mel

    You cant improve on Robocop. Its absolutely impossible.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by CT1

    Just another cash-grab by using brand recognition, really useless and unnecessary.. you might as well just make a new movie that rips off Robocop, or just do another sequel.. however, I'm sure it'll be in the vein of the recent re-make virus that has infected our fair town, so it'll be amped up and CGI'd out with stupid dialogue and pointless bs so the dull cow-eyed sheep human refuse that goes to the theaters that are selfish and loud and smell and ruin the entire theater-going experience can get their money's worth after a long hard day of doing some menial manual labor job to take care of their stupid "baby's mama" and their retard future criminal "children". I will say, however, Robocop is one of the only franchises where I can totally and easily seperate the original from the piece of shit sequels. To me, just Robocop exists - the sequels have zero impact or are even part of the story or continuation. In my mind, there's just Robocop. Period. The second has it's moments, as has been illiterated; however, I don't view it in the same universe, but rather as a piece of shit dookie movie made by doo-doo heads.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I hate the idea of a Robocop reboot

    by BBSloth

    but I love the idea of cillian Murphy as Robocop...he was great in Sunshine

  • If that statement doesn't ring true, then why are practically all the remakes of 1980s movies? Because they were freaking awesome. Furthermore, the originals will always be the best. I cringe at the thought of movies like the Lethal Weapon series, etc. being remade or rebooted, but you just know it's gonna happen at some point since Hollywood has completely run out of imagination.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by Ray_Tango

    True, the atmosphere and tone is different, but it's close, but the Batman Returns/Forever comparison is fairly fitting I guess. It does have that glossy sheen that Forever had... though Forever didn't feel like it was attempting to feel like a Burton Batman, he purposely did it differently, which is probably wise. I do wonder if any director, no matter their skill, could ever channel what the previous director did, which is what R2 felt like. Though I still don't know what I would have preferred, Irvin Kershner doing it his own way, which I don't think he did, or him trying to maintain the tone of part 1 and sort-of succeeding sometimes. Anyway, I 'm glad that a sequel exists which stars Weller. Just a shame that Verhoeven didn't direct it, or possibly the writer might have pulled it off better... but then there's Starship Troopers 3. Hmm.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    STOP.REMAKING.GOOD. MOVIES. Remake the shitty ones already

    by steve

    Hell, i'd rather you just made new original movies instead of regurgitating old, good movies, but if your imagination sucks so bad, at least have the balls to remake movies that were fucking awful to start with instead of remaking already awesome movies. If it started off at a 1, and you remake it up to a 6, then that 6 looks more like a 9. Remake a 10 and the remake ends up a 7, then it REALLY ends up a 2. Come on man!

  • March 1, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I'm also of the 'no need to remake' camp

    by Teddy Artery

    Remake some 'almost there' movies of yesteryear that could obviously be improved if they already have a built-in audience. For example, remake "The Goonies" with a new cast, or any Steven Seagal movie from the early 90s with a younger cast... that kind of crap.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Remaking Robocop?!?!

    by I Am Cinephile

    There is a reason why there this film has a criterion release. Paul Verhoeven did it right the first time. I can't even imagine a different actor being as good as Peter Weller in that role. If a Verhoeven movie has to be remade why not Hollowman?

  • March 1, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Pointless, but...

    by Valaquen

    Get Weller in the suit, then make a tentative sequel, not a remake. 20 years after Robocop, aging machine, inferiority complex, issues coping with being alone, shit, something like that. Don't tread on the first movie, 'cause even if it's good, ala Let Me In, it'll STILL live in the shadow of the original. A Superman Returns-esque sequel, ignoring Robocop 3, could be risky, but is a better option than ripping on Verhoeven's film.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm... Cillian Murphy would make this interesting.

    by Wolfman Nards

    Don't know this director guy, but that would be some intriguing casting. If they treat it as a sequel and a new robo cop, that might work for me.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    This is garbage. Robocop was the first R movie

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I saw on my own. Judge Dredd was put on the backburner for a while because of Robo. This is ridiculous. Weller owned this. There is absolutely no reason to remake this classic. They'll CGI the whole thing anyway. Just say no.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    The bomb movie that prevented a lot of guys from gettin' a second date if not a first base run....and now those dudes are in retirement homes. Give them a second chance.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Justin Bieber to play Robocop

    by TheKiller7

    That's only way a Robocop remake will make as big as an impact as the first one did.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Yeah, good points there. Kirshner doing his own version would have been different. Difficulty in doing sequels, especially with different directors. I think i recall verhoeven just not being interested at all and they were fortunate to have weller back.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Loved Elite Squad

    by Judge Briggs

    Cheesiest title ever for a terrific, gritty movie set in Brazil.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Completely Unnecessary...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    Fuck remakes...I'm done

  • March 1, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Remake Starship Troopers, but not Robocop

    by lv_426

    Seriously, Starship Troopers, while a good Verhoeven sci-fi satire, could use a reboot now that they have done two kinda unispiring DTV sequels (although, the "Its a good day to die" song in Starship Troopers 3 was pretty damn hilarious and spot on Verhoeven-style satire). Robocop is perfect as is. Sure the sequels sucked just as the Starship Troopers sequels were underwhelming compared to the original, but Verhoeven's Robocop stands on its own. Just like Alien & Aliens, The Matrix, Terminator & T2, and Predator... Robocop is good as is. Why fix what ain't broke? Starship Troopers on the other hand, while still a good film, was not as good and as solid a piece of sci-fi film making as were Robocop or Total Recall. Also, a lot of the cool futuristic military hardware was left out of the Starship Troopers film, not to mention the other alien race in the novel known as the Skinnies. It would also be fun to see a more serious take on the novel as well.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Listen to me!! Listen to me you cocksucker!!

    by UltraTron

    I work for Dick Jones! He's the number 1 guy at OCP

  • The original Robocop is shot perfectly by Jost Vacano.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    You guy are right! A sequel could be very interesting

    by TheJudger

    Robocop is dated obsolete, no longer needed, no one cares. OCP could still be around or completely absolved. If robocop is a has-been what is the new system in place to fight crime, is the world better or worse. What does Robo do now. Is he homeless crusader sorta like "Solo" (but better hopefully) fighting for the other homeless people. How does he scrape up the money he needs to survive. He still eats food, right... Where is the fear Hollywood. Don't reboot- "LEGACY!" No need for a number for a good sequel. Just a cool Title.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Murphy, is that you?

    by shaft478

    Somewhere there is a crime happening.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    No Aronofsky = No thanks

    by Transhuman

    I thought he'd do a good job bringing back Robocop. Let's hope he kicks ass with Wolverine.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    What shitty movies would we like to see remade?

    by Phategod100

    How about Independence day, Or a non Fox produced Daredevil, Hook, The Wizard.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I am what you call a repeat offender!

    by shaft478

    I repeat, I will offend again!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it's just a glitch. A minor setback.

    by shaft478

    You call this a glitch?!?!?

  • March 1, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    OCP runs the cops! You're a.....cop.....

    by shaft478

    Yes, I am a cop.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Tigers are playing, ::tap tap::, tonight!

    by shaft478

    I never miss a game.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    You know, those thing'll kill ya.

    by shaft478

    You wanna live forever?

  • March 1, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Drop your weapons,you are under arrest

    by KilliK


  • March 1, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Can you flyyyyyy Bobby?

    by shaft478

    Clarence, no!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Dead or alive, you are coming with me.

    by shaft478

    We killed you! We killed you!!!!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I bet you think you're pretty smart?

    by shaft478

    Think you can outsmart a bullet?

  • March 1, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Your company built the freaky thing!

    by shaft478

    Now I have to deal with it? I don't have time for this bullshit!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Hey Emil, how'd they treat you at the gray bar motel?

    by shaft478

    They let me keep the shirt! No one popped my cherry!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Is that a new toyyyy?

    by shaft478

    Can I play? Hahahaha!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I bet you probably don't think I'm a very nice guy?

    by shaft478

    Buddy, I think you're slime.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    See, I got this problem.

    by shaft478

    Cops don't like me. So I don't like cops.....nanananananananana.....nanananananana

  • March 1, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    My prediction...

    by ATARI

    it will be rated PG-13 and suck.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    COBRA, assualt cannon! State of the art!

    by shaft478

    BANG BANG!!!

  • March 1, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The America we live in today a good Starship Troopers is impossible

    by Andrew Coleman

    You look at 9/11 and how America has turned out Starship Troopers is spot on. Television on the internet. The elite control everything etc. If they ever tried to remake it they would focus on 3D and not the social commentary. Robocop doesn't need to be remade but they did pick up a great director for this. More than what GI Joe 2 has got.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    darthwaz1 hits the nail on the head

    by SmokingRobot

    This was one great movie, and then some forgettable crap. What should have been a great series was just a great disappointment. So yeah, do the remake. And then don't screw up the sequels this time.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by Warren Fahy

    It's all about screwing the creators of new ideas. I.E. writers. If a company owns a brand they can hire writers like trained monkeys to type keyboards and not give them any financial rights beyond a salary. That's why SNICKERS BAR: THE MOVIE is what Hollywood has become. Nobody wants to pay the creator, or treat the creator as the real source. Instead of doing something "original" and owing the originator, just re-do something and treat the writer as some kind of afterthought. Hence: THE CRAP THAT COMES OUT OF HOLLYWOOD.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Robocop 2

    by shaft478

    Was not a bad movie. Granted, it wasn't as good as the first, but to call it crap is a bit much. Kane was an awesome villain, in both forms.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    This guy is really good.

    by shaft478

    It's not a guy, it's a machine.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a sequel where…

    by NinjaChampion

    Murphy's son is an adult who becomes a cop to follow in the footsteps of his father. Sure there'd be a lot more going on in the movie but I think it'd be interesting to see how Robo would handle the situation.

  • March 1, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    that movie (Robo 2) made me want to beat the

    by Phategod100

    Shit out of the 1st little white kid I saw. But it was not a bad movie. "Behave yourselves!!!!!"

  • March 1, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Bitches, leave!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 1, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Hopefully it's an R rating?....

    by BlackBriar

    Robocop 3 was the only PG-13 of the films, I'm sure he'll go for a R rating, C. Murphy would be a good cast, Sharlto Copley would be Badass and maybe Jim Caviezel could be a really cool idea!

  • March 1, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Don't worry guys....

    by _Venkman

    They're going to do a reboot, it'll suck and in 30 years we might see a new reboot.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    you guy remember there was an actual Robocop TV series

    by Phategod100

    It was complete ass I can't believe they even tried to do it. It featured a womens soul trapped in Computer, and thats as much as I remember, that and a serious lack of a body count and run of the mill super villians.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    His name is Ro-Bo

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He is a Cop His name is RO-BO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPP No Basil, no Verhoeven, = no sale

  • March 1, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    duh hollywood, make ROBOCOPS

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    make it when detroit is on the rebound and many robo-cops are on patrol. kind of like that robocop tv movie with the black robocop. idiots.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    What about Robocop versus Terminator?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 2, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Robocop vs. Terminator vs. Aliens vs. Predator

    by lv_426

    At this point, they might as well just go full whacko and make that.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Robocop is a near flawless masterpeice


    The only thing wrong about Robocop is the special effects shot of Dick Jones falling from the window. I wish they would replace that shot with a new effect. Using a puppet instead of the actor was a poor choice, and the only flaw in an otherwise flawless movie.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Robocop has to fend for himself against OCP's RoboSWAT team sent to kill him. This would of course be the third film after Robocops. There, we've got a trilogy all figured out now.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Great choice!

    by rost

    Both Tropa de Elites are awesome movies and so is Bus 174. Put those on top of your list of films to see.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    This didn't need a reboot...

    by bubcus

    ... the original is great. I like the choice for a director but do we really need a reboot?

  • March 2, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    The old Robocop vs Terminator on Nintendo (or was it SNES)

    by _Venkman

    was pretty awesome

  • March 2, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Bus 174 is absolutely incredible....

    by Righteous Brother

    I haven't seen Elite Squad, but this guy sounds like a really interesting choice for a director I hope he gets the gig. Non-americans make great art about America, Verhoeven - Robocop, The Rolling Stones - Exhile on Main St, Alan Moore- Swamp Thing. Good on MGM for considering this guy.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Your only hope is to hire me to write this right now.

    by UltraTron

    It's decades later and OCP has advanced cybernetics and human cloning into the A.D.A.M.(Absolutely Devastatingly Awesome Mutherfucker?) phase. Robocop is still a Delta City mainstay, patrolling and promoting the general well being of citizens by blasting their guts out when they get out of line. Peter Weller reprises his role using beyond Tron Legacy face yada yada. His movements are perfectly animated like the 1st 2 movies. Or he just gets in the costume again. His lips have aged. Fits the character perfect. Ahem.. The city is under siege by big robot stuff and big action boom yada yada. Then after that we get into the meat where we see Murphy still voyeuristic about his wife and now grown kid who is on the police force and getting harder to watch out for. Murphy will eventually battle a Chinese OCP beyond anything we could have imagined. They are harboring cloning tech that could regenerate Murphy's body completely, allowing him to return to his family. And so Robocop begins his ultimate battle. The battle to restore his humanity. ROBOCOP: DESTROYER The battle to become human begins- Summer 2012 Robocop: Destroyer(tm) copyright 2011 UltraTron If you let me write it I promise to have lots of scenes calling for naked women running amok.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    NO REBOOT: Just pick up where 3 ended

    by Ditko

    ...and work from it. Why not? Part 3 was pathetic, but where´s the need for a reboot? If you write a good script the movie will be good. No more origin stories, please?

  • March 2, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    AIC should be outraged at the whole IDEA of remaking this

    by DiamondJoe

    This is a fucking shit idea, another inexplicable and unneccessary remake of a classic film from film studios looking for quick cash and without an original idea between them. Why is AIC asking, "are the Elite Squad films a good precursor to a Robocop film" when, as a supposed site for "real" movie fans as opposed to all the tasteless plebs out there, it should be asking, "why the fuck do we have to put up with more remakes & shitty cash-in sequels? Fuck you, studios, no more Elm Streets or Terminators - we're not on board with this as a matter of principle". Y'know? Come on guys, find your balls and make a stand. You should be leading the charge against this kind of shite.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Elite Squad was great

    by Lone Fox

    The director is a good choice, he's got that scuzzy Detroit feel down perfect.

  • Or could it be that he's the only one willing to direct a straight-to-dvd Starship Troopers 2 shitfest?

  • March 2, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST

    wookie_weed - well spoken, sir.

    by DiamondJoe

    I mean, OBVIOUSLY if Peter Jackson or James Cameron or Del Toro or Bigelow or any A-lister were offered this, they'd jump at the chance to "reboot" an 80's classic with a budget of $500.00. MGM are in the "surprising people" business, not the "who's cheap and available" business. Obviously.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    It doesnt matter if they remake this or not.

    by Keith Maniac

    If they remake it, even if its reasonably good, it wont eclipse the original, because it cant, nothing to do with money or the script or director, its because the story has been told as well as it can be, in the original, all you can do with it is fanny around chaging incidental things. Alex Murphy's story was told in just over 90 minutes in 1987, theres nothing more relevant to say about Robocop, thats why 2 and 3 were shit ! I the remakes ok, filsm come and go now ,very little makes an impact anymore, it'll just be forgotten 2 weeks after it comes out, if it comes out and shit, (like it probably will be, because interesting directors arent allowed to be interesting when working for big studios isnt that right Mr Woo ?) then it will be forgotten in 1 week, when the next turd lands, either way its forgotten in weeks, wont be remembered, wont be hailed as a classic and milestone in sci-fi 24 years later, so it just doesnt matter either way.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    I love the movie but one scene has always REALLY bothered me...

    by DiamondJoe

    At the end of the film Robocop accuses Dick Jones of murder and everyone in the boardroom looks really surprised that Jones could be involved in anything like that. And yet, at one point, who walks straight into the OCP building for a meeting with Dick Jones, even stopping to confirm his appointment with his secretary? Clarence Boddiker, the city's most notorious criminal. Did no one notice this? Fuck, Jones wasn't exactly careful, was he?

  • March 2, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    The window to actually shoot this in Detroit is closing.

    by DiscoGodfather

    If our state's shortsighted new CEO--I mean governor--gets his way and the massive tax credits for filming in MI go away, filming in Detroit goes right out the window. "The Avengers" has already backed out and the new state budget hasnt even passed yet. Dammit. Think of they statue jokes they could have made.

  • Yes, it will be a prequel, so the character of Alexander James Murphy will not be in it. The basic plot is that there was a prototype of Robocop that went insane and killed a lot of people before his best friend is forced to bring him down at the end. It should be interesting...

  • March 2, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Remake does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    ROBOCOP is one of the Dojo's five fave movies of all time.<p> The Dojo would love to see another Robocop movie, made with balls out irreverence by a Brazilian action film maker.<p> What the Dojo has no interest in seeing however is a REMAKE. The tb'ers above have said how pointless this would be.<p> But a Robocop SEQUEL... that would be awesome.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    spicymag, "The only thing wrong about Robocop is the special effects shot of Dick Jones falling from the window." <p>I LOVE that shot. Leave Dick's crazy long arms alone! Hehehe.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Cillian Murphy as Murphy?<p> Hmmm.. you know what, that's a great call.<p>

  • March 2, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Turd, if there's going to be another Robocop movie then why not do a sequel - with Verhoeven directing. Your post proves that there's an awful lot of 'suitable' material out there. The GTA games also are brimming with mock adverts and satire that would fit perfectly into Robocop.<p> What I don't want to see is a remake. Every actor, every scene, every quotable line being compared to the original. Pointless.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Tropa de Elite

    by Luke_Cage

    Yo, the movie was fantastic! If it happenes, great choice. Word

  • March 2, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Elite Squad is a good movie but the sequel is AWESOME!

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Padilha is a name that you guys should pay attention to. And please, if you haven't seen Elite Squad 1 and 2, do yourself a favor and go watch'em now. I mean, this second.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    robocop remake made me hate hollywood...


    a few years back, I got what I thought was the call of a lifetime. I was being asked create some conceptual art to help redesign robocop. I jumped at it. I signed a NDA, did multiple pieces and did multiple revisions... then it died. the director dropped out and I got nothing for my time or effort. It fucking sucked. I've turned down several gigs since... after all was said and done, I watched the original... and it still fucking rocks and I think they need to leave alone. Here's an concept from a conceptual artist, free of charge ( not that you'll pay for any work done): Come up with something new.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    One of Greatest Brazillian Movies Ever, But...

    by The Chosen

    Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2 are awesome movies. They are just 15 inches away of topping the grand City of God, impossible feat indeed. And unfortunatelly, foreign audiences probably won't be able to understand fully why it's awesome. For you it will be a great crime thriller, superbly acted by Wagner Moura (his acting was ignored by worldy awarding. He is way better than Eisenberg or Firth or anyone this year). For brazillian people this movie carries so much kick in the nuts. We've sufferred from government corruption for centuries already, and the movie speaks directly into this, using symbols, flags, buildings and people we recognize just to say that we are trapped in an everlasting web. And it's a pretty good damn crime thriller. And although i agree Padilha would make a tremendous Robocop movie, DO NOT MAKE THIS MOVIE. It's pointless.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    What do you expect?

    by jae683

    The bean counters run the industry now. It's not about creativity, it's about profit.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    What ever happened to sequels?

    by Chief Joseph

    I wouldn't mind a (good) Robocop sequel. I _liked_ sequels. I _hate_ remakes/reboots. Why does everything have to be remakes?

  • And a batch of cliche "wonderful toys" to enhance R-Cops fite.

  • The current climate is ripe for "Robocop" style satire. I hope the remake keeps that tone. btw the original script for "Robocop 2" was by Frank Miller and I believe everyone thought it was awful and unfilmable. And...Norm Mcdonald as Clarence Boddiker.

  • March 2, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    D'OH! 'Remake', not 'reamke'

    by Elgyn6655321

  • March 2, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Robocop was lightning in a bottle

    by Terrence

    It's gonna be hard as hell trying to recapture what Verhoeven did the first time around with it.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Why bother - it will be a bomb

    by jtp8000

    Nobody but fanboys will watch it so they can bitch about it

  • March 2, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Damn Hollywood!!! Stop it already!

    by tanks1

    Where are the writers in hollywood? Verhoeven made that movie great with his twisted, sick mind.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'm begging you Hollywood...PLEASE don't

    by Lukes Lost Hand

    There's really no need for this to be made as numerous folks have stated. If the writer for this has the balls and insanity to write scathing social commentary on todays massive corporate culture (especially the media) then you might have something. I don't think there's anyone willing to take that on, and certainly no producer willing to push it.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Never heard of Elite Sqaud.

    by Stalkeye

    If it's available on Netflix, I'll see if this guy has the chops to do a Robocop remake.However, no one, absolutely NO ONE can fill Verhooven's shoes.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    What about Clarence Boddicker?

    by libertyboom

    The baddest bad guy of them all! Curtwood Smith owned that character. This is going to suck and Robocop will be all CG.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    the monument to the original Robocop must play a key role

    by Spandau Belly

    It could be ten tons of meta! The film takes place in a world where Robocop was just an 80s Verhoeven movie and the people of Detroit spend time and money to erect a monument to a fictional film character instead of looking at their real problems, then when the real problems get worse, they have to actually build a real robocop to shoot all the people who voted for the statue and have since turned to crime.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    I disagree, Under Siege 2 is totally calling out for a remake...

  • March 2, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    Squibs? CGI BLOOD SPURTS!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Hopefully this choice will inspire people...

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    to be Robocoppin' like they just DO care.....because the last thing we need is more apathetic Robocoppers.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I wish Clarence Bodicker would use enough muscle

    by BanditDarville

    to shove this jackass project so far up MGM's greedy corporate ass that they'll shit cinematic dreck for years! Guns! Guns! Guns!

  • March 2, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Imported From Detroit

    by Van46

    The OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001, ROBOCOP, has arrived. imported From Detroit.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by DiamondJoe

    "btw the original script for "Robocop 2" was by Frank Miller and I believe everyone thought it was awful and unfilmable..." Er, yeah. The finished movie IS awful and shouldn't have been filmed.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Is there even a point to making movies anymore?

    by gunnarcannibal

    Robocop is a perfect movie and that has everything to do with Paul Verhoeven, this is a completly useless remake. Why not remake movies that could have been good but weren't? Who cares anymore, clearly there are enough movies in the world and no more need to be made. I'm just going to stay home and watch Robocop.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    A gritty and serious Robocop movie is an anti-Robocop movie

    by gunnarcannibal

    The story didn't matter, it was the insanity that Paul Verhoeven brought to it, in the hands of anyone else Robocop would have been an embarrassing cheeseball 80's action movie instead of being the perfect satire of all cheeseball 80's action movies and of the self indulgence and insanity of the decade itself. Even if they try to have social commentary I bet it will end up being heavy handed and distracting. Seriously, some crazy billionaire needs to buy the rights to every movie ever made and make sure no one is allowed to remake another movie again. Quick somebody buy the rights to Jaws before it is too late!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Re-release RoboCop

    by HCEarwicker

    And call it a re-boot. Why mess with perfection?

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  • March 3, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Elgyn6655321

  • March 3, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Elgyn6655321

    Hit the key by accident. Anyways...I'm not arguing that the filmed "Robocop 2" was great or anything (t wasn't). I'm just saying that Frank Miller's original take was supposedly pretty awful as well. I remember reading about it: the whole city is destroyed and a crazy female scientist ends up being the "bad" Robocop. Not sure if there was a kid villian though.