New Robocop reboot director rejects Darren Aronofsky's script

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Dec 15, 2012

Apparently, being a visionary director of an Academy Award-nominated film doesn't guarantee all your creative babies will be blessed. Director Jose Padilha made it clear he will not be using Darren Aronofsky's story for the upcoming MGM RoboCop reboot project. (Thanks, but no thanks.)

Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha took on the RoboCop resurrection earlier this year after Aronofsky retreated into the shadows to do his lucrative Black Swan dance. But his gritty, soulful screenplay remained with the project. Until now.

Padilha and screenwriter Josh Zetumer had been tinkering with the story and prepping the film within a cone of silence regarding which direction the screenplay would take. More ED-209? Name change for Alex Murphy?

In a recent interview with Crave, Padilha confirmed his decision on Aronofsky's divorce:

"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."

Hmm, seems a bit disrepectful to a director of Aronofsky's caliber to not even read what the maestro wrote, but we respect Padilha's determination to make this project his own and discard the remnants of the old guard.

Aronofsky's involvement began back in 2008, and the film was fast-tracked for a 2010 release. David Self (Road to Perdition) was brought in to help write a script, which was set in present-day Los Angeles, 20 years after the termination of the RoboCop program, as the city decides to reinstate the program. Aronofsky was gunning for a mega-budget, hard-R-rated remake and scoffed at the idea of it being filmed in 3-D.

Padilha is still reluctant to say exactly where his RoboCop will wander, but has revealed it will be set and filmed in Detroit. Regarding his version of the story, the leader of the hyper-real Elite Squad films could be perfectly suited to a fresh perspective. That same cartoonish take from the '80s may not play as well in the jaded 21st century. Greedy corporate tycoons of the original are still the current target of all the world's ills, and Padilha is prepared to capitalize of that aspect:

"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."

MGM was eyeing stars like Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves for the role of cyborg Alex Murphy, but no casting decisions have been made yet. Promising the best possible script, Padilha hopes to get RoboCop rolling sometime in 2012, with a potential 2013 release date.

Are you sad Aronofsky is kicked off the force? Will Padilha be able to rebuild the RoboCop franchise for a new age?

(via Cinema Blend)