It seems like everything's coming up Robo: First, Detroit's original cyborg policeman, Peter Weller, comes out in favor of a proposed statue in the Motor City, and now MGM has hired a director to take over their long-simmering remake, replacing the Black Swan Oscar nominee.
Before MGM recovered from the brink of financial collapse that saw the embattled studio stop the works on everything from James Bond to Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods, Darren Aronosfky sparked to the idea of revamping the story of a Detroit cop who, after getting gunned down, returns to the streets as a metal marshal. But presumably Aronosfky got tired of waiting and signed on to direct his Fountain leading man, Hugh Jackman, in The Wolverine.
In filling that void, MGM has turned to the Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha, who directed a couple of foreign-language crime dramas that impressed the studio brass. I guess, given the luck that Robocop has had with directors for whom English is a foreign language—the series' progenitor is the Dutch Paul Verhoeven—there was no problem casting a very wide net.