When we first learned at the beginning of this year that MGM was holding off on their Robocop remake, rumor had it that planned director Darren Aronofsky had backed away when the studio was pushing to make it in 3D. Aronofsky never publicly commented one way or another, but as of last month the remake was officially dead, and with Black Swan looking fantastic before its release this fall, Aronofsky seemed pretty happy to have moved on.
With Black Swan now hitting the festival circuit, though, Aronofsky is being asked again about Robocop, and he's taking the opportunity to set the record straight. As he told MTV,
"All that stuff with the 3-D. I don't know where that came from. Actually, I do know where that came from. I did one Q&A and someone asked me about 3-D and it was before I saw Cameron's film and I wasn't that into it at the time. Someone connected that to Robocop. There's no truth to that story."
In fact, Aronofsky bailed on Robocop for the same reason everything bails on everything related to MGM-- the studio is in shambles and doesn't have the money to pay for it. And Aronofsky isn't willing to turn his back on 3D, either; after seeing Avatar, he says he's totally willing to give the technology a shot:
"With the right project, I'm totally into 3-D. There is a backlash at this point, and I think that's just because it's been overexposed, but that's just because people are rushing to bank in on it. There's no doubt that interesting things are going to be done in 3-D."
So there you have it. Aronofsky isn't some anti-technology snob, but another filmmaker-- like Sam Mendes and Guillermo del Toro before him-- screwed over by MGM and their money problems. Give it another 10 years and the Aronofsky-directed 3D Robocop may show up after all.