The Robocop reboot has been waiting in the wings for someone to pick it up for quite a while now. Aronofsky was the first to show interest and he even finished a script, but along came the chance to make his passion project, Black Swan, and his involvement with the film slowly disintegrated as MGM’s finances crumbled. Slowly though the company got back on its feet and hired another director, Brazilian film maker Jose Padilha, and Robocop is well on its way to finding the big screen.

Padilha was hired in March and soon after writer Josh Zetumer joined the team to develop the story for Robocop. But since then it has been up in the air whether they’d be working from Aronofsky’s original script, or if they’d be cooking up something of their own. Crave caught up with Padilha at the premier of his film Elite Squad 2 at Fantastic Fest a few weeks ago and was able to clear a few things up about the much anticipated reboot.
I haven’t read Aronofsky’s script. Aronofsky is a great director. I love his films. I am very proud because I saw Pi in the opening Sundance screening and I loved it. So Aronofsky’s great. I have my own take on Robocop. I know what his take was and it’s totally different. It’s a different thing, different kind of film, even different period in time so I haven’t read his previous work.

Unwilling to let too much information out about his film, Padilha was able to address the question of what sort of corporate oppression overtones that are so apparent in the original will appear in this reboot without giving too much away about his new version of the story.
Listen, there are the constants and the variables in this world, right? Some things change and some things never change. Corporations controlling people are a constant. It’s the banks now, it’s going to be something else 30 years from now. It was something else before. This is the way economics works. So we’re not making a film about mortgage, that I can tell you.

The last big thing that Padilha cleared up was the rumor that Michael Fassbender would be the new Alex Murphy. He didn’t tell us yes or no, but did say that they haven’t even thought about casting yet, and Fassbender’s name simply came up as an example of who would be good in the role. Sorry to all those Magneto fans out there.

Not that this gives us everything we want to know about the film, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to be getting more Robocop and at this point I think that’s all anyone is worried about. More on this as development pushes forward.

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