RoboCop Remake Finds Distribution

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-03-05 17:20:42discussion comments
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Since its restructuring, MGM has largely had to rely on other studios when it comes to distribution. Warner Bros. is taking care of The Hobbit, Lionsgate is handling The Cabin in the Woods, and Open Road will be bringing Red Dawn to theaters. Since coming back from bankruptcy, however, no other studio has had a closer relationship with MGM than Sony. In addition to last year's Zookeeper and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, both of which Sony gave MGM a piece of, both 21 Jump Street and the upcoming James Bond adventure Skyfall will be hitting theaters as a result of the two companies working together. So why wouldn't they try and keep that relationship strong?

According to Deadline, a deal has been struck that will see Sony Pictures distribute the new remake of RoboCop. The film is being directed by Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha and, as confirmed this past weekend, the movie is set to star Joel Kinnaman in the title role. The sci-fi actioner, based on Paul Verhoeven's 1987 cult classic, is about a cop in a futuristic Detroit who is brought back to life as a cyborg to fight escalating crime in the city. The new film is based on a script by Josh Zetumer and both Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are on-board to produce.

The new report says that thanks to the confirmed casting of Kinnaman in the lead role that the project is now on the fast track, though it doesn't mention either a potential release date or start of production.
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