Although a Robocop reboot is a concept that not many movie fans were particularly happy about initially, anger turned to curiosity and cautious optimism when it was announced that Darren Aronofsky was the man being lined up to direct. Of course, that was a couple of years ago now, and earlier this year we started hearing rumours that the project was on hold indefinitely due to a disagreement over whether or not the movie should be shot in 3-D. Now this week we have an update on the project, and it looks like it is simply “Gone. Kaput. Canceled.”
Any possible dispute over 3-D has become somewhat moot by now, as the real problem here is the fact that Robocop is an MGM property, and as we all know, MGM is in serious financial trouble. With both Bond 23 and The Hobbit on thin ice, you can bet that any less valuable properties are simply not a priority right now. Moviehole recently spoke with an MGM source who explained that Robocop “was one of the first casualties” and that Aronofsky had “lost interest anyway.”
I don’t think any of this is particularly surprising, especially considering that Aronofsky does not seem to have good luck with blockbusters. His adaptation of Batman: Year One fell apart, as did his big budget version of The Fountain. I think we can all agree that everyone is probably better off this way, but there’s always that question of what might have been. Are you disappointed that we won’t get to see Darren Aronofsky’s take on Robocop?