According to Deadline, MGM is currently in negotiations to bring Brazilian director Jose Padilha to the U.S. to helm the studio’s remake of the RoboCop franchise. With all the hubbub surrounding the Detroit/RoboCop statue debacle, seems like a good time for the studio (who still isn’t out of the woods financially) to generate some quick-ish income.
Reconstituted under Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, MGM has targeted Robocop as its first major franchise play, and they worked hard to find a filmmaker who could play on a global field. They were impressed by Padilha’s track record with taut crime dramas Elite Squad and a sequel that came out in 2010.
Darren Aronofsky, currently of Black Swan fame, was developing before MGM ran into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The studio is currently proceeding with RoboCop, The Hobbit, and the latest James Bond movie. It’s just too bad we won’t see Peter Weller under the helmet.