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Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
With David Self to write the script

25 July 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Putting to end weeks of online rumour, it's been confirmed today that Darren Aronofsky will direct a new installment in the Robocop series, with David Self (Road To Perdition) writing the script.

There are no suggestions of what the plot might be, but the wording of MGM's press release suggests that this won't be a remake of the 1987 movie about a crime fighter who is part man and part machine – "and all cop" – but "a new installment". There are whispers that it will take place in modern day, but those whispers aren't coming from any mouth that we can consider 100% reliable.

So, what do you reckon, is Aronofsky the right guy to bring Robocop back to the streets? Do you want to see Robocop back?

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Darren Aronofsky
You can argue no film is necessary, but we don't do films because it is required from us of course. I see what you mean in that the original was near flawless. However with 're-imagination' (yes Hollywood loves that word) this could be interesting, and with such an acclaimed director as Darren Aronofsky then surely will be different. Anyway didn't he want to do a ultra-violent Year Onetion? More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 20:27 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I wouldn't write it off as a 'complete flop' yet, however, I just think it's completely un-necessary for all the reasons I stated above. The studios just jumping on Iron Man's bandwagon. More

Posted by Workshed at 13:05 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

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L: dunkah Here's to hoping this turns out to be an arty existential examination of how the organic and artificial can co exist within the same entity. hich text book did you pluck that one out of? mongst the prepubescent rantings here againt the auteur (I sometimes wish whether people are regressing), what sort of vision can the director bring to ually own ntaine-travelling love story through the ages?) on DVD, but still haven't watched it! I welcome such news, if he's an intelligent an More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 23:26 on 03 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: broonie Sorry but this film doesn't need to be done, IMO. I mean whats next Michael Gondry helming a Predator remake? Spike Jonze directing a Terminator sequel? (Not that I've got anything against them!) Its just not needed for fecks sake! sp; I totally agree with you. The first film IMO is a perfect film. It's a sci-fi, it's an action film, it's a satire and it's a product of the '80s. Like Bact to the Future and the Terminator, it's tight, has perfect pacing and ha More

Posted by Workshed at 11:12 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

WHOAH!
Definitely keeping an eye on this. Seems a strange combination, but in a good way. If they absolutely HAVE to remake Robocop, then I'm glad they've got Aronofsky and not a generic blockbuster director. I adore the original Robocop and I think it gets better with age. Also, I am eager to see what Aronofsky's keen eye will make of flesh interacting with electronics. Plenty of existential questions for DA to mull over as well, surely. More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:23 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
God knows what this is going to be like Darren Aronofsky has been rumoured for just about every single major franchise recently so i guess it's nice he's getting one off the ground. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 15:40 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: dunkah Here's to hoping this turns out to be an arty existential examination of how the organic and artificial can co exist within the same entity. sp; I second that.   At least we know it will be an intelligent take on the character, if he can pull off the action (which I think he can based solely on the battle scenes at the beginning of The Fountain) then I think we're in for a real treat. Aronofsky is very impressive. More

Posted by The third Jake at 02:27 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: GREAT NEWS!!
As long as its an 18 and has the great elements of the first 2 then it should be good. Who will play him? More

Posted by kinge247 at 16:43 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

GREAT NEWS!!
Fantastic to hear this news! Even more so if it work's? Which with agreeing on what "durelius" said, if its a Nolan-batman type thing it should really kick off!! Big Robocop fan as a kid, sorry didnt like the 3rd like at all but the first and second had a great cast, really cool bad guys to. Looking forward to seeing or hearing more on it!! More

Posted by takaraheadon at 00:22 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

I think I'm as split as the next guy about this. I love Aronofsky's work (particularly The Fountain) but this seems to be a choice waaaay outta left field - even for Aronofsky, I really hope that it's being done for the right reasons and isn't just being done for the smell of green. That said, IF Aronofsky is going to 'reimagine' it, it could very well be brilliant - but he does seem to be taking a big risk here - which to be fair could be a good sign in that he wouldn't be doing it at all if he More

Posted by fang at 15:28 on 26 July 2008 | Report This Post

Is this a survey?
Stop them all. The question is not "Do we need a RoboCop remake?", the question is "Do we need any more films?". I would not miss a lot if they´d take a 1 year hiatus from doing what they´re doing, which seems to be making movies. How much more obvious can it get that they´ve run out of ideas a long time ago? Yes, we all know that, but are we all aware how desperate and fucked up the situation really is? There´s at least three remakes a week being confirmed/heavily rumoured. To stop this aimles More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 03:49 on 26 July 2008 | Report This Post

Really is one of those WTF? moments this, Robocop is a classic mainly due to Verhoeven, 2 was ok, 3 was shite. I'm going to reserve judgement until we see something but going with someone like Aronofsky could be really interesting, could be a Nolan/Batman moment. More

Posted by durelius at 21:36 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

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It's great that a proven talent like Aronofsky's doing this film, but you do wonder where he can go with the character. Perhap he intends to use his connections with Frank Miller to generate some ideas? More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 21:00 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

This is the strangest thing I've heard in a long time, and I'm a very stange guy...... More

Posted by Uncle Ludo at 20:06 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

spike jonze for terminator sequel!
best suggestion ever...it should be made law that it has to happen. as for this news...meh. could be good, could be absolute shite... keep it cgi lite, cast a proper actor and dont make it an origin story or too obvious and broad a satire, and its got a chance. More

Posted by magnusbarfod at 15:53 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

There's absolutely no reason at all to bring back Robocop in this era. It was cool for the eighties, but really, don't bother us with a resurrected cop in any form in this age. Really. Stop it. Now. Not in a few years. Now. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:17 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Sorry but this film doesn't need to be done, IMO. I mean whats next Michael Gondry helming a Predator remake? Spike Jonze directing a Terminator sequel? (Not that I've got anything against them!)   Its just not needed for fecks sake!   More

Posted by broonie at 13:44 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

dead or alive you're coming with me! More

Posted by martindean1981 at 13:35 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Here's to hoping this turns out to be an arty existential examination of how the organic and artificial can co exist within the same entity. More

Posted by dunkah at 13:17 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

I smell an anti-terrorist, security vibe coming but Aronofsky missed out on rebooting Batman so he could be an interesting choice. More

Posted by granny at 13:00 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Aronofsky...
...seriously? Isn't this a bit low-brow? Or does he need a good movie that pulls in a big audience? More

Posted by jpt1976 at 12:44 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

WTF?
Aronofsky? Robocop? Huh? More

Posted by Caster at 12:25 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Fingers crossed for a Repeat Performance
Can Aronofsky do for Robocop what Nolan did for Batman? The original Robo is one of my favourite ever films - loved how humour & satire could be combined with such a powerfully dark and violent story. Unfortunately, my memories of it are badly tarnished by some rubbish sequels. Sound familiar? More

Posted by Hillsman at 12:20 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Put that movie idea down...
...and step away from it. Making another Robocop movie is like remaking The Day theEarth Stood still - ludicrous and pointless and weakens the original movie. Oh, hang on. More

Posted by mentat72 at 12:12 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Could be excellent
Aronofsky is brilliant! He can weave inter laying story lines and emotion into his films, just look at The Fountain, which is quite frankly an amazing sci-fi(ish) film. More

Posted by olixander at 11:36 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

YES. This is very good news. Aronofsky is such an unorthodox choice, SUCH an unorthodox choice, that this could be something very special. It's clear that Aronofsky is intelligent, if a little self-indulgent, and the series needs that. Ultimately, Robocop is a potent satire, and an intellectual, arty take might do wonders. More

Posted by wooz at 11:36 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

lack of ideas in hollywood shocker!!
Is the warehouse empty? Has the barrel been scraped bare, washed out and licked clean? Are there no ideas left and no original films to make in Hollywood? Is 2008 the year that cinemas became big tv's, filled with reruns piled on more reruns? Thats enough questions. Dont make Robocop, do something new. More

Posted by jedi_theforce at 11:33 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Not Aronofsky!!!!
What has this director ever done to make him a suitable talent for a movie like this? Expect an over-budget, endlessly-delayed obscurantist and boring mess… More

Posted by olirog at 11:00 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Please Do Not Touch
Show me something new More

Posted by famousguy at 10:53 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Please No more!!
Holly wood have a day off please!! Go on a much needed vacation and come up with NEW ideas!! Please stop making bad remakes!!! Leave Roobocop alone! The original stands alone for one of the great 80's action movies that just can't be remade!! Please leave it in the 80's!!! And our childhoods!! Didn't you see Robocop 2/3 and the shit series!!!! More

Posted by gavc1978 at 10:46 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
I think this is a top idea! It's always great to see serious talent melded to sci-fi/ comic book/ fantasy films as we've seen with the likes of LOTR and Batman Returns to name a couple. Bring it on I say More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 10:38 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
L: tftrman Nic Cage as Murphy........I just sicked up in my mouth a little. sp; Yeah, I need Nicolas Cage cast as RoboCop like I need a fucking blowtorch to the face, I can't see it happening though, so not too worried. More

Posted by Kazuya at 10:16 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

they're gonna need to change Robcop alot, you can't have him moving in slow-mo in this remake More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:13 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

What the hell!!
Is this a joke because im not laughing I love the first film but haven't seen the seaquels or tv series etc and dont really want to but when i heard they were doing a new film i was shocked because how can do a sequel to that great film let alone now it'll be 3. Now with Darren Aronofsky in charge im not gonna even bother with it i have the best one and not even a script by the great david self can save this film More

Posted by dave_0989 at 10:13 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

What the hell!!
More

Posted by dave_0989 at 10:09 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
Nic Cage as Murphy........I just sicked up in my mouth a little.   Not sure about Aronofsky, he's unproven as an action director. Although so was Chris Nolan and looked how that's turned out! More

Posted by tftrman at 10:07 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
Good, a continuation of the franchise I don't mind, but I would much rather see Verhoeven handle the direction again, not sure Aronofsky is the right man for the job. Still, I'm very pleased it's not a remake. More

Posted by Kazuya at 10:03 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

I know he is in everything at the moment but I think maybe Bale for Robocop ... soley for the chin?! Or maybe Nathan Fillion or Bruce Campball (because they should be everything!!) More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:08 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I'd buy that for a dollar!
L: Indio so I would think they'll be getting someone else in to play the title role. sp; Nicholas Cage probably. He seems to be 'default actor' for remakes nowadays... More

Posted by grucl at 08:31 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Sick joke
this has to be some sick joke, what is the great director from pi, the fountain and requim doing with a crap movie like this. This guy can get much better movies. He shouldn't soil his great list of movies with crap like this. More

Posted by Madmax82 at 08:14 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I'd buy that for a dollar!
Could be great, but it could also be crap if like the last Robocop film they skimp on the budget. Peter Weller is A) too old to play the part and B) not a bankable name, so I would think they'll be getting someone else in to play the title role.   More

Posted by Indio at 07:59 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

I'd buy that for a dollar!
Yeah, it could be rather good. As bad as it is, I still haven't completely seen the Robocop sequels. Aronofsky could really do a good job of this. It's the casting I'm more worried about...Weller's too old, so who? More

Posted by MovieMogul at 07:44 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

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