Despite the resentment that most people harbour for every remake that rears its head in Hollywood nowadays, one of the few remakes that seems to have a lot of support behind it is Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop. This is pretty significant, especially considering how much respect people have for Paul Verhoeven’s original. The reason why people are open to it, I think, is because at this point we trust Aronofsky to put his heart and soul into any movie he makes. He will not do something just for the paycheck, and he will not direct a movie if he doesn’t feel he can bring something worthwhile to the table.
Unfortunately, now it is beginning to seem more and more likely that he has actually left the project, and the reasons for said departure are becoming clear. As we heard last year, the Robocop remake was delayed and he started working on Black Swan. Now, according to Moviehole, Robocop is officially on hold due to creative differences:
“I’ve spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of ROBOCOP… they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new ROBOCOP. But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he’s not interested in gimmicks like, 3D, CGI, Filming digital, he wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like The Fountain“.
So it seems that Aronofsky refuses to buy into the 3-D hype, a stance that will probably win him quite a few supporters. But has he seen Avatar? James Cameron is clearly winning over audiences, but is he converting any of the doubters in the industry? I still don’t know that 3-D is right for a Robocop remake, but we seem to be headed for a world where every single blockbuster is released in 3-D whether we like it or not. What do you think, is Aronofsky right to walk away from the Robocop remake, or should he suck it up and give 3-D a chance?