Robocop Director Jose Padilha Adapting Dirty Cop Drama The Brotherhoods
Isn’t it great whenever a director gets attached to a project, and the two seem tailor-made for one another? Martin Scorsese and The Departed, for instance, or Jose Padilha and the awkwardly titled book that sounds pretty similar to The Departed, The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia.
Warner Bros. is currently in talks to make one of those serendipitous match-ups by signing José Padilha to direct The Brotherhoods, Variety reports. Padilha’s next effort, MGM’s highly anticipated Robocop remake, is still in its effects-driven post-production stage on the way to a February 7, 2014 release date. And while the quality of that project is still in question, Padilha’s excellence behind the camera is clear based on 2007’s Elite Squad, which is one of the grittiest action flicks out there, and its 2010 sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a more mature film than the first, trading in much of the action for more socio-political corruption. It’s too bad Robocop doesn’t take place in Brazil, or else we'd have a whole lot more faith in it.
William Oldham and Guy Lawson wrote the original book, which is to be adapted by Bill Dubuque (The Judge) retelling the investigation of crooked New York cops Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, who were both revealed to be Mafioso cops by a stool pigeon mob boss. When no criminal charges were brought upon them, Oldham took a job in the U.S. Attorney’s Brooklyn office and eventually gathered enough evidence to arrest the pair, who were in 2006 convicted of labor racketeering, extortion, narcotics, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, eight counts of murder, and of course, conspiracy to commit murders. They were sentenced to life in prison. Not exactly a great image of the old boys in blue.
Production will probably begin sometime later in the year, once Robocop is completely out of the way and Padilha can focus all of his attention. When it happens, we’ll let you know, because we don’t keep dirty secrets like labor racketeering and murder. Extortion, however…
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