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Aronofsky not enchanted by idea of 'Robocop' in 3D

Jan. 7, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Before Christmas, we started to hear rumblings that Darren Aronofsky was losing interest his ROBOCOP remake, and now there seems to be a more official explanation as to why that is exactly. Moviehole reports that the project is stalled because of creative differences between Aronofsky and MGM.

'Nash' from the OCP-lovin' RoboCop Archive dropped me a line earlier today, stating that “ 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.”

Wow, the studio wants ROBOCOP to be a big 3D blockbuster, and Aronofsky wants it to be real and artsy? Who could have possibly seen this conflict coming? I never understood why Aronofsky was attached to this project in the first place, as it seemed about as logical as Michael Bay directing SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, but I was curious to see what his artistic direction would be for the film.

Who knows if this will ever actually work out, but I just can’t see “3D blockbuster” and “Aronofsky” in the same sentence, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks and the studio looks elsewhere for a more explosion-prone director.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think would be a good replacement? Or should they just scrap this project all together? Yeahhh.
Source: Moviehole

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8:32PM on 01/08/2010
i'm more interested in seeing aronofsky's robocop. this 3D stuff is for the birds.
i'm more interested in seeing aronofsky's robocop. this 3D stuff is for the birds.
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1:11PM on 01/08/2010

Boo...

Keep Aronofsky! Fuck 3D!!
Keep Aronofsky! Fuck 3D!!
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8:23AM on 01/08/2010
There is no good reason to make Robocop a 3D movie. Avatar was fun, and some ideas make sense in 3D (Tron, Toy Story 3) but the technology still gets in the way of the movie, plus movies get more expensive to go see and personally the glasses give me a headache. I love the first two Robocop films and would've been interested to see Aronofsky's take on the story, but this 3D bandwagon jumping is getting tedious. 3D's better than it ever was, but it's still just a gimmick.
There is no good reason to make Robocop a 3D movie. Avatar was fun, and some ideas make sense in 3D (Tron, Toy Story 3) but the technology still gets in the way of the movie, plus movies get more expensive to go see and personally the glasses give me a headache. I love the first two Robocop films and would've been interested to see Aronofsky's take on the story, but this 3D bandwagon jumping is getting tedious. 3D's better than it ever was, but it's still just a gimmick.
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7:57AM on 01/08/2010
good news for now but knowing hollywood they will find some desperate hot shot money grabbing director to take over
good news for now but knowing hollywood they will find some desperate hot shot money grabbing director to take over
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3:12AM on 01/08/2010
damn
damn
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2:20AM on 01/08/2010
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12:20AM on 01/08/2010

o well

they don't have to make every damn movie in 3d plus they don't even have to make this one
they don't have to make every damn movie in 3d plus they don't even have to make this one
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9:31PM on 01/07/2010
Really lame--I was hopeful to see what Aronofsky was going to do with it, and I usually don't care for remake/reboots. If he's not on it, they should just shitcan the whole idea if a mindless action movie is the goal.
Really lame--I was hopeful to see what Aronofsky was going to do with it, and I usually don't care for remake/reboots. If he's not on it, they should just shitcan the whole idea if a mindless action movie is the goal.
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8:47PM on 01/07/2010
this sucks. aronofsky could make this movie amazing. dark knight amazing. fuck the studio.
this sucks. aronofsky could make this movie amazing. dark knight amazing. fuck the studio.
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7:44PM on 01/07/2010

David Cronenberg

Him and Verhoeven were making similar movies in the 80's, then they sort of went separate ways. But it'll be interesting to see Cronenberg back another sci-fi movie
Him and Verhoeven were making similar movies in the 80's, then they sort of went separate ways. But it'll be interesting to see Cronenberg back another sci-fi movie
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7:06PM on 01/07/2010
Well, obviously they need to just scrap this and all the other pointless remakes they have in the works.

How about taking something from the '80s that would really benefit everyone - an original fucking idea.
Well, obviously they need to just scrap this and all the other pointless remakes they have in the works.

How about taking something from the '80s that would really benefit everyone - an original fucking idea.
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5:31PM on 01/07/2010
Ugh! If you're going to do it, do it right! PLEASE don't do a 3D cheese-fest, and let Aronofsky make it!
Ugh! If you're going to do it, do it right! PLEASE don't do a 3D cheese-fest, and let Aronofsky make it!
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5:22PM on 01/07/2010

Thank God this is put on hold

Robocop is one of my all time favorites and to see it turned into a 3D gimmick CGI fest would be super disappointing.
Robocop is one of my all time favorites and to see it turned into a 3D gimmick CGI fest would be super disappointing.
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5:07PM on 01/07/2010
How about, if it ain't broke don't fix it! There is bugger all wrong with the original Robocop. It isn't even that old. I know loads of people who have great and original ideas for movies but they get nowhere because all the studios want is remakes. If they must do a Robocop movie then do a kind of sequel. As somone said below we know the origin story and no one will tell it better than Verhoeven did originally.....so there. :)
How about, if it ain't broke don't fix it! There is bugger all wrong with the original Robocop. It isn't even that old. I know loads of people who have great and original ideas for movies but they get nowhere because all the studios want is remakes. If they must do a Robocop movie then do a kind of sequel. As somone said below we know the origin story and no one will tell it better than Verhoeven did originally.....so there. :)
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4:46PM on 01/07/2010

bad idea

i'm not saying Aronofsky was the best choice for Robocop but at least it would have been interesting!! i can just see someone like michael bay getting his dirty hands on this and making a mockery of Robocop. hell, he will probably put testicles down to the knees on robocop like he did with transformers. the whole thing is just crap.
i'm not saying Aronofsky was the best choice for Robocop but at least it would have been interesting!! i can just see someone like michael bay getting his dirty hands on this and making a mockery of Robocop. hell, he will probably put testicles down to the knees on robocop like he did with transformers. the whole thing is just crap.
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4:33PM on 01/07/2010
I think from now on I'm just going to expect every movie to be made in 3D so I can stop being disappointed when things like this happen.
I think from now on I'm just going to expect every movie to be made in 3D so I can stop being disappointed when things like this happen.
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4:03PM on 01/07/2010

SEQUEL BY PAUL VERHOEVEN

Leave part 1 intact ignor part 2 and 3 and make a follow-up story. there are so many ways to go, we dont want to see the origin story again, and yes maybe the remake will be good but it will never be as good as the original so whats the point. And fuck of with the 3d already.
Leave part 1 intact ignor part 2 and 3 and make a follow-up story. there are so many ways to go, we dont want to see the origin story again, and yes maybe the remake will be good but it will never be as good as the original so whats the point. And fuck of with the 3d already.
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9:34PM on 01/07/2010
It'd be cool to see a movie that referenced the old films, like Murphy was retired for whatever reason and they made a new dead cop into the new future of law enforcement.
It'd be cool to see a movie that referenced the old films, like Murphy was retired for whatever reason and they made a new dead cop into the new future of law enforcement.
3:53PM on 01/07/2010
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ZACK SNYDER
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3:50PM on 01/07/2010

Lackluster movie lackluster director

Get the Rat on the phone. This is the kind of movie I would expect Michael By or Brett Ratner to be doing. Boring and pointless.

What's the point anyway? Does anyone want to see this?
Get the Rat on the phone. This is the kind of movie I would expect Michael By or Brett Ratner to be doing. Boring and pointless.

What's the point anyway? Does anyone want to see this?
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3:39PM on 01/07/2010
If Aronofsky leaves than so does my interest. If he doesnt do it than it will just become another GI Joe or Transformers. All explosions and no story. No thanks I will pass on it if he does.
If Aronofsky leaves than so does my interest. If he doesnt do it than it will just become another GI Joe or Transformers. All explosions and no story. No thanks I will pass on it if he does.
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3:35PM on 01/07/2010
the only reason i was interested at all was cuz of aronofsky.
cronenberg might get me re-interested.
the only reason i was interested at all was cuz of aronofsky.
cronenberg might get me re-interested.
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3:32PM on 01/07/2010
Aronofsky and his take on the material was the ONLY reason this interested me, so I say SCRAP it.
Aronofsky and his take on the material was the ONLY reason this interested me, so I say SCRAP it.
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3:23PM on 01/07/2010
"But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he's not interested in gimmicks like 3D, CGI, filming digital"
Good, i dont want to see your organically artistic Robocop, fag
"But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he's not interested in gimmicks like 3D, CGI, filming digital"
Good, i dont want to see your organically artistic Robocop, fag
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2:36PM on 01/07/2010
"Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie"...GROAN. Just because you have the technology to do it doesn't mean you should! I think Hollywood needs to listen to Ian Malcolm. Thank God this project has stopped...for now.
"Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie"...GROAN. Just because you have the technology to do it doesn't mean you should! I think Hollywood needs to listen to Ian Malcolm. Thank God this project has stopped...for now.
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2:34PM on 01/07/2010

scrap this project all together

scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it

please please scrap it
scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it scrap it

please please scrap it
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2:27PM on 01/07/2010
The first Robocop is a nearly perfect sci fi action film that really needs no re imagining whatsoever. I say leave it be (although I know they won't).
The first Robocop is a nearly perfect sci fi action film that really needs no re imagining whatsoever. I say leave it be (although I know they won't).
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2:27PM on 01/07/2010
"...just like The Fountain."

I lol'd.
"...just like The Fountain."

I lol'd.
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2:19PM on 01/07/2010
I've always HATED this idea (unless they were going to rehire Paul Verhoeven and let him do his Robocop 2). I say let this shitty idea die and burn in the deepest pit in development hell
I've always HATED this idea (unless they were going to rehire Paul Verhoeven and let him do his Robocop 2). I say let this shitty idea die and burn in the deepest pit in development hell
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