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Another New Writer For Robocop
Nick Schenk takes a turn

01 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Another New Writer For Robocop

Last we heard, Josh Zetumer was offering his cooperation in the Robocop screenplay department, but it now seems that director Jose Padilha is taking further names. The latest Robocop draft will download from the hard drive of Nick Schenk.

Schenk's highest-profile previous gig was as the screenwriter of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. That in itself seems kind of appropriate in a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way: Clint was a formative influence on Judge Dredd, and Dredd is a clear touchstone for Robocop.

But Schenk has collaborated with Padilha before, on the as-yet unproduced South American political actioner Tri-Border. Clearly the two found a working relationship that they care to continue. Schenk also wrote something called Factory Accident Sex in 2002, but maybe we shouldn't mention that. Oh, we did.

The new Robocop stumbled during the MGM shenanigans, and lost its mooted director Darren Aronofsky along the way. We can only imagine what his version might have amounted to, but after talking with the likes of Robert Rodriguez and David Slade, the studio's alighting at Padilha is an interesting and exciting choice. The grittily excellent Elite Squad films made more money at the Brazilian box office than Avatar, and the second instalment was last year's Brazilian nomination for Oscar consideration.

Nobody's been cast in the metal suit yet, although Padilha has said he'd like Michael Fassbender. Well, who wouldn't?

MGM hope to start shooting in the summer. 


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RE: Another New Writer For Robocop
As with most of the remakes we hear about day in day out, I don't see the point in this at all.  The 1987 film is fantastic, I honestly cannot think of a way of doing it better. More

Posted by Super Hans at 13:11 on 04 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Good Idea
JUST LEAVE IT More

Posted by kargon at 16:48 on 03 February 2012 | Report This Post

Good Idea
'robocop' as an idea has languished since the dire sequels and a reboot is necessary. mo cap will suit new robo on screen. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:20 on 02 February 2012 | Report This Post

I always thought Joel Edgerton off of Warrior would make a good Murphy, but Fassbender would sell it better I guess...Imagine someone like Del Toro directing, would give it that little bit of weird that Robocop needs... More

Posted by Rizey at 12:20 on 02 February 2012 | Report This Post

He Won't Be A Fassbender In That Metal Costume
Fassbender would be good casting for Murphy. He's also an actor that gives his all to any role and being stuck in that uncomfortable suit is a challenge to any actor. I just hope they keep the dark humour of the first one. More

Posted by BenTramer at 02:36 on 02 February 2012 | Report This Post

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I was genuinely excited about Aronofsky's vision for his remake, but without a truly brilliant director behind the camera, I feel that whatever we get will only be a pointless retread, an unnecessary "updating" of what should by all rights be considered one of the untouchable modern classics. Verhoeven's film remains as powerful and important as ever, so unless there is a new take on the material that serves to offer important commentary on the current state of the world, then I hope this proje More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 22:07 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

sorry but this will suck balls whoever is involved. we dont need need another pointless remake More

Posted by Lur at 18:46 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

I know you, you're dead!!!
Now I'm a HUGE fan of the original Robocop (the first anyway, 2 was a laugh!! 3 WTF??) and I seriously did not want a remake. But when they mentioned Aronofsky I got very excited, shame they couldnt get him nailed down but I'm gonna give this dude a chance, he definitely has the pedigree for it!!! But, whats really got me excited about this is FASSBENDER!!! If they can get a good enough script, story and get the dude that is FASSBENDER on board then I'm ready to love this in every way a man can More

Posted by gavlaa32 at 09:04 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

I know you, you're dead!!!
Now I'm a HUGE fan of the original Robocop (the first anyway, 2 was a laugh!! 3 WTF??) and I seriously did not want a remake. But when they mentioned Aronofsky I got very excited, shame they couldnt get him nailed down but I'm gonna give this dude a chance, he definitely has the pedigree for it!!! But, whats really got me excited about this is FASSBENDER!!! If they can get a good enough script, story and get the dude that is FASSBENDER on board then I'm ready to love this in every way a man can More

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