Robocop Reboot Gets Gran Torino Writer

Despite the initial setback of losing director Darren Aronofsky, MGM’s Robocop reboot is slowly inching its way toward becoming a reality. Last year Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) signed on to helm the movie and Joshua Zetumer (Quantum of Solace) was assigned to pen the script. Now this week they have hired screenwriter Nick Schenk to do some rewrites on the movie as well. Schenk’s only major credit to date is the Clint Eastwood drama Gran Torino.

According to Heat Vision, Schenk had already been collaborating with Padilha on an action-thriller called Tri-Border based on the drug trade in South America. He also has a movie called The Judge in development at Warner Brothers. It’s unclear what they might do to distinguish this version of Robocop from the previous installments, but Padilha had this to say in a previous interview:

“In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”

I guess that would make it a prequel of sorts? I’m still not entirely convinced that this movie needs to be made, but I am certainly curious to see what comes of it. Are you on board for Robocop reboot, and does this sound like the right creative team to see it through?

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  • Nelson

    I think it could be a great movie. Robocop just has a dedicated place in my childhood memories. I was probably too young when I initially saw it and there were certain action scenes that stuck with me after I saw the movie the first one or two times, but I have always liked the character and what he stands for.

    I even picked up the Robocop comic book on a regular basis, years ago, when it first came out.

    The big problem, potentially, is that it will be compared to the original, like a lot of reboots are, and in some people’s minds, no matter how good the new film is, it may not make as big of an impression as the original films.

    There’s just something about seeing a character or a story or an idea, on tv or on film, for the first time, that can’t often be duplicated, if at all.

  • kyri

    I agree with Nelson

  • Derek McFarland

    Either way, Imma see this film; but prey that it remains “Hard” R rated. So far, I like what I’m hearing. I wonder who’s playing Robo?