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07.09.2008

Buried in an article about Joss Whedon's next project, The Hollywood Reporter casually mentions that MGM is working on its remake of ROBOCOP and has even had Darren Aronofsky in to "discuss" directing the project. I think I speak for everyone when I say wha-wha-WHAT?! Darren Aronofsky directing a ROBOCOP remake? One part of me is kinda intrigued because if Aronosfky even went in to talk to MGM, he must've had a pretty fresh take on the material. But then there's another rather sizable portion of me that doesn't want Aronofsky working on a ROBOCOP remake. Call me a cynic but as fresh as a ROBOCOP remake could be, it's still ROBOCOP. And there's nothing wrong with that and it's certainly enjoyable on some level. But I want to enjoy a Darren Aronofsky movie. THE FOUNTAIN was hated on many levels by critics but I loved it and it proved to me that Aronofsky is one of the best directors we have working. Now before we all jump to conclusions, let's remember that people take meetings all the time in Hollywood and perhaps this was just Aronosfky doing someone a favor and coming in to hear what MGM was selling. Recently Mark Wahlberg said that shooting on THE FIGHTER (with him and Matt Damon starring for Aronofsky) would begin this fall. Aronofsky is already busy wrapping up THE WRESTLER so it already looks as if he's pretty busy and I know MGM is hot to trot with ROBOCOP. I put in a call to Aronofsky's offices and if I hear anything back, I'll update the article accordingly...

Extra Tidbit: RoboCop for the original Game Boy was the shit.

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8:23AM on 07/15/2008

Not a remake. A sequel!

I just read on bloody-disgusting.com that is not a remake at all, but a sequel to the third film (takes place 20 years after the Robocop program is shut down).
I just read on bloody-disgusting.com that is not a remake at all, but a sequel to the third film (takes place 20 years after the Robocop program is shut down).
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2:57PM on 07/11/2008

seriously?

you psychos support this madness? look, i love Aranofsky as much as any other schmoe, but this is a horrible idea. remaking RoboCop in the first damn place is a horrible idea. yes, the series went to shit after one, but there was no damn reason to make it a series in the first place. RoboCop still stands as a brilliant send-up of 80's action cinema, and is one of the more quotable movies of that era. do not fuck with Veerhoven's gem. Aronofsky should know better.
you psychos support this madness? look, i love Aranofsky as much as any other schmoe, but this is a horrible idea. remaking RoboCop in the first damn place is a horrible idea. yes, the series went to shit after one, but there was no damn reason to make it a series in the first place. RoboCop still stands as a brilliant send-up of 80's action cinema, and is one of the more quotable movies of that era. do not fuck with Veerhoven's gem. Aronofsky should know better.
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7:38PM on 07/10/2008

.....

has anyone seen my ROBOCOCK.
has anyone seen my ROBOCOCK.
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2:39AM on 07/10/2008
I might be the only one who might be cautiously optimistic about a Robocop re-do. Let's face it. The Robocop series has been trashed and abused like a Detroit City coke-addicted hooker (no thanks to Robocop 1 and 2, and all the direct-to-TV shit). If Chris Nolan can re-ignite Batman, and Martin Campbell can redeem James Bond, why can't Robocop have the same treatment???
I might be the only one who might be cautiously optimistic about a Robocop re-do. Let's face it. The Robocop series has been trashed and abused like a Detroit City coke-addicted hooker (no thanks to Robocop 1 and 2, and all the direct-to-TV shit). If Chris Nolan can re-ignite Batman, and Martin Campbell can redeem James Bond, why can't Robocop have the same treatment???
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11:15PM on 07/09/2008
Someone as creative and unique as Darren Aronofsky shouldn't be remaking Robocop. Robocop is a ridiculous film, and a remake would have absolutely no potential, regardless of who makes it.
Someone as creative and unique as Darren Aronofsky shouldn't be remaking Robocop. Robocop is a ridiculous film, and a remake would have absolutely no potential, regardless of who makes it.
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11:09PM on 07/09/2008
No more remakes unless the original is at least 30 years old, OK? I'm really sick of lazy, talentless hacks remaking films. Find a new idea. Make original cinema. Stop f#cking with old TV shows, remakes, "reimaginings," and hack jobs. It all just smacks of lazy, cash-grabbing b#llshit.
No more remakes unless the original is at least 30 years old, OK? I'm really sick of lazy, talentless hacks remaking films. Find a new idea. Make original cinema. Stop f#cking with old TV shows, remakes, "reimaginings," and hack jobs. It all just smacks of lazy, cash-grabbing b#llshit.
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11:01PM on 07/09/2008

huh!?

at first a let down because of the original work hes made. but if he does it theres no way it could be horrible... is there?

and when you return i will be your eve... good shit darren
at first a let down because of the original work hes made. but if he does it theres no way it could be horrible... is there?

and when you return i will be your eve... good shit darren
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10:42PM on 07/09/2008
my thinking on this is like this:

Who would have thought Nolan could do Batman as amazing as he did? How many people thought Raime (Sp??) could do Spiderman as well as he did?! I think these directors that have this indy/ cult following, go big with these mainstream flicks and they do them justice!
my thinking on this is like this:

Who would have thought Nolan could do Batman as amazing as he did? How many people thought Raime (Sp??) could do Spiderman as well as he did?! I think these directors that have this indy/ cult following, go big with these mainstream flicks and they do them justice!
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8:14PM on 07/09/2008
I love Aronsofsky's work but Robocop isn't the kind of thing he should be doing.
His fresh idea's usually include changing the main character and original story drastically and adding his own version to it and Robocop would be just fine the way it is.
I love Aronsofsky's work but Robocop isn't the kind of thing he should be doing.
His fresh idea's usually include changing the main character and original story drastically and adding his own version to it and Robocop would be just fine the way it is.
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7:20PM on 07/09/2008
Aronofsky would be great. But if he passes the next dream choice should be Cronenberg. He's at the top of he's game and he's always had something for machines blending in with flesh in disturbing violent/erotic ways
Aronofsky would be great. But if he passes the next dream choice should be Cronenberg. He's at the top of he's game and he's always had something for machines blending in with flesh in disturbing violent/erotic ways
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6:24PM on 07/09/2008
My god what a wet dream this would be. He would surely bring the brilliance back to this series for sure.

AND also the robocop game on gameboy was impossible.
My god what a wet dream this would be. He would surely bring the brilliance back to this series for sure.

AND also the robocop game on gameboy was impossible.
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6:03PM on 07/09/2008

Aronofsky Rules!

The Fountain was one of the most underrated movies in the last few years, it was just amazing. Although a Robocop remake is the most uninspired idea of the year, I can't deny that I'd be really curious to see how Aronofsky would handle the material.
The Fountain was one of the most underrated movies in the last few years, it was just amazing. Although a Robocop remake is the most uninspired idea of the year, I can't deny that I'd be really curious to see how Aronofsky would handle the material.
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4:52PM on 07/09/2008
I know this probably won't happen for shit, but a boy can dream...

And to the kid who said Danny Boyle, although most of his films are misses for me, I can agree he might do this some justice. I just hope leaves out Cillian Murphy cause that dude fucking sucks up everything (except Batman Begins.)
I know this probably won't happen for shit, but a boy can dream...

And to the kid who said Danny Boyle, although most of his films are misses for me, I can agree he might do this some justice. I just hope leaves out Cillian Murphy cause that dude fucking sucks up everything (except Batman Begins.)
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3:03PM on 07/09/2008

The Fountain

is an absolute masterpiece and Darren Aronofsky is top directors today.
is an absolute masterpiece and Darren Aronofsky is top directors today.
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3:00PM on 07/09/2008

trickle

The Fountain was a misstep for DA. Stunning visuals, beautiful score, but horrid script, structure, and pacing. It was a real debacle for someone like me, who loves DA passionately.

As for a DA Robocop remake? No thanks. Big hair, rubber bracelets, HyperColor shirts, Madonna, and Robocop: all things that should stay firmly rooted in the 80s.

The Fountain was a misstep for DA. Stunning visuals, beautiful score, but horrid script, structure, and pacing. It was a real debacle for someone like me, who loves DA passionately.

As for a DA Robocop remake? No thanks. Big hair, rubber bracelets, HyperColor shirts, Madonna, and Robocop: all things that should stay firmly rooted in the 80s.

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2:13PM on 07/09/2008
No way!
Robocop for Sega was the shit!
No way!
Robocop for Sega was the shit!
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1:26PM on 07/09/2008

Danny Boyle all the way

The Fountain did suck, bad ! Get Danny Boyle to direct. Did you see Sunshine ? Go with Cillian Murphy as lead . Did you see Sunshine ? That would be ROBOCOP Proper !
The Fountain did suck, bad ! Get Danny Boyle to direct. Did you see Sunshine ? Go with Cillian Murphy as lead . Did you see Sunshine ? That would be ROBOCOP Proper !
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1:14PM on 07/09/2008
if that means we get a Clint Mansell score... i'm down!

Aronofsky kicks ass... i cant believe Fountain didnt do well with critics, that movie owned ons o many levels, the score is one of my all time favorites!
if that means we get a Clint Mansell score... i'm down!

Aronofsky kicks ass... i cant believe Fountain didnt do well with critics, that movie owned ons o many levels, the score is one of my all time favorites!
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1:01PM on 07/09/2008
Amen Preston_79. Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker was the best part of the original film.
Amen Preston_79. Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker was the best part of the original film.
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12:58PM on 07/09/2008
Bring back Red Foreman!
Bring back Red Foreman!
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12:48PM on 07/09/2008
I have no idea what to think about this in general, but I loved 'The Fountain' like a vag loves Tampax.
I have no idea what to think about this in general, but I loved 'The Fountain' like a vag loves Tampax.
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12:43PM on 07/09/2008

Danny Boyle all the way

The Fountain did suck, bad ! Get Danny Boyle to direct. Did you see Sunshine ? Go with Cillian Murphy as lead . Did you see Sunshine ? That would be ROBOCOP Proper !
The Fountain did suck, bad ! Get Danny Boyle to direct. Did you see Sunshine ? Go with Cillian Murphy as lead . Did you see Sunshine ? That would be ROBOCOP Proper !
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11:50AM on 07/09/2008

It's SUCKY, and it SUCKS

THE FOUNTAIN SUCKS. Really sucks.

Robocop does not suck. Robocop rules.

This is a horrific idea on every level.
THE FOUNTAIN SUCKS. Really sucks.

Robocop does not suck. Robocop rules.

This is a horrific idea on every level.
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10:32AM on 07/09/2008
this idea kinda baffles my mind.
this idea kinda baffles my mind.
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9:49AM on 07/09/2008

fuck jones!

This is such a fucking stupid idea, I can't believe people are behind this project. Remaking a balls-to-the-wall movie like RoboCop is impossible; you can't recapture that style and magic.
This is such a fucking stupid idea, I can't believe people are behind this project. Remaking a balls-to-the-wall movie like RoboCop is impossible; you can't recapture that style and magic.
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9:25AM on 07/09/2008

Still a bad idea

I think Aronofsky is a great director, but not for a re-make of RoboCop. It's not his style and it doesn't need a reboot anyway. Of all the films from my childhood, I think RoboCop is still the most stylish one. It's a modern classic from start to finish and I feel it ranks with Star Wars, Jaws and Raiders - would you remake any of those? Hollywood needs to start looking into the non-union writers like the schmoes here at Joblo. I'll bet that half of us have a screen worthy idea or
I think Aronofsky is a great director, but not for a re-make of RoboCop. It's not his style and it doesn't need a reboot anyway. Of all the films from my childhood, I think RoboCop is still the most stylish one. It's a modern classic from start to finish and I feel it ranks with Star Wars, Jaws and Raiders - would you remake any of those? Hollywood needs to start looking into the non-union writers like the schmoes here at Joblo. I'll bet that half of us have a screen worthy idea or screenplay written already. A Robo remake just proves how hard up for material the studios are.
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9:03AM on 07/09/2008
Aronofsky has always danced close to doing mainstream (Batman: Year One w/ Frank Miller, One of the Lost season finales, etc), but he usually seems to opt out. I doubt this'll happen.
Aronofsky has always danced close to doing mainstream (Batman: Year One w/ Frank Miller, One of the Lost season finales, etc), but he usually seems to opt out. I doubt this'll happen.
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8:12AM on 07/09/2008
Its a strange idea yeah, but it would probably be the best robocop movie ever!
Its a strange idea yeah, but it would probably be the best robocop movie ever!
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8:00AM on 07/09/2008
I love the original so much so that I would LOVE to have a faithfully dne remake with todays technology. I sa bring back Paul and have him re-do it. I would hate for it to lose that robo cop/Starship Troopers style. I love it. Either way Im down for a remake as long as it doesnt lose its balls (Hard R in other words) and its pretty faithful to the original.
I love the original so much so that I would LOVE to have a faithfully dne remake with todays technology. I sa bring back Paul and have him re-do it. I would hate for it to lose that robo cop/Starship Troopers style. I love it. Either way Im down for a remake as long as it doesnt lose its balls (Hard R in other words) and its pretty faithful to the original.
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7:49AM on 07/09/2008
Eh...I dunno about this. I love Aronofsky as well (The Fountain is amazing), but I just can't picture him doing a Robocop movie. Just doesn't seem like the kind of project he'd be involved with.
Eh...I dunno about this. I love Aronofsky as well (The Fountain is amazing), but I just can't picture him doing a Robocop movie. Just doesn't seem like the kind of project he'd be involved with.
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