Why the RoboCop reboot has turned into 'hell' for its director

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Dec 17, 2012

It seems that every time we've heard from RoboCop remake director Jose Padilha, he's been excited to work on the flick and full of ideas. But according to a fellow director and friend of Padilha's, things aren't as rosy as they seem, and the flick is turning out to be "hell." But why?

Fernando Mereilles, director of City of God and a friend of Padilha, was promoting a new film during an interview with a Portuguese site when he let slip that he's spoken to Padilha about RoboCop, and Padilha is not having a good time. Here's what he said about Padilha's experience (though it is put through Google Translate, so it might not be 100 percent on the nose).

"I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone," Mereilles said. "He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. 'This is hell here,' he told me. 'The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.' He is bitter, but it's a fighter. "

Among the changes reportedly included in the reboot are a greater focus on OmniCorp and the decision to portray the title character as a full-on transforming bot with two "modes." But are these Padilha's ideas? According to Mereilles, it seems like there's a good chance they aren't. And now we also have to wonder if Hugh Laurie backed out of playing the flick's lead villain because he didn't like the production vibe. That's another big question mark, but it's hard not to wonder if things are getting a little rough in the RoboCop production offices.

But of course, we'll never really know for sure unless Padilha or an executive behind the production speaks up. Chances are all we'll have to judge is the film itself, but with Padilha under such duress, can it really turn out good?

(Cinema Com Rapadura via Bleeding Cool)