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Is filming the Robocop remake "hell" for director Jose Padilha?

08.27.2012

The reboot of ROBOCOP is set to go before cameras next month, but that may not be the most exciting news for the film's director, Jose Padilha (ELITE SQUAD) who is apparently having a "hell" of a time dealing with the Hollywood studio system according to his friend, filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (CITY OF GOD).  In an interview with Cinemacon Rapadura, the director revealed that some phone conversations with Padilha have revealed a troubled filmmaker trapped in the bubble of "the system.":

"I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming Robocop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. “This is hell here,” he told me. “The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.” He is bitter, but it’s a fighter," said Meirelles.

Obviously, this has got the "telephone effect" written all over it, but I'm sure there's some nuggets of truth in there.  With Padilha tackling his first American feature in the studio system you'd have to expect that he'd toil with it.  Hollywood can be VERY hands on, with the strong arm of executives pushind and pulling a film in multiple directions that may or may not align with the director's creative vision.  Imagine that, eh?

The film has already got its work cut out in terms of appealing to a broader audience, seeing as it's a remake of an exceptional classic by Paul Verhoeven, the script reviews have been less than stellar, and casting issues so close to the start of filming (Hugh Laurie's departure as the villain), which can be problematic.  Not to mention that the last remake of a Verhoeven classic hit dudsville with barely a whimper at the box office (ahem, TOTAL RECALL). 

Hopefully, Padilha is able to pull it together and find a way to work within the system or it may be another case of waste, because let's face it, we don't NEED a ROBOCOP remake.  Padilha would probably be better suited to direct a smaller film for his initial entry into Hollywood, but the train is on the tracks now. 

ROBOCOP stars Joel Kinneman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley with an eye towards release on August 9, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: What's your level of excitement for this remake on a 10-point scale? I'm sitting at a 5. I'll give it a shot, but I'm certainly not foaming at the mouth...
Source: Screen Crush

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11:31PM on 08/27/2012
I wouldnt buy this for a dollar.
I wouldnt buy this for a dollar.
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7:39PM on 08/27/2012
-100 Fuck a PG-13 Robocop.
-100 Fuck a PG-13 Robocop.
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7:49PM on 08/27/2012
But...but...its 2012 you must accept that we do not need excessive violence, vulgar language and drugs to tell the tale of Alex J. Murphy. PG-13 is the greatest thing to revive this franchise and rape the hell out of it. I'm thinking the TV show might be more hardcore than this film. Who knows, I could be wrong.

This movie is starting to sound as good as beating my dick with a bucket of bleach and sandpaper. As I stated in my comment, I have no excitement towards this film.
But...but...its 2012 you must accept that we do not need excessive violence, vulgar language and drugs to tell the tale of Alex J. Murphy. PG-13 is the greatest thing to revive this franchise and rape the hell out of it. I'm thinking the TV show might be more hardcore than this film. Who knows, I could be wrong.

This movie is starting to sound as good as beating my dick with a bucket of bleach and sandpaper. As I stated in my comment, I have no excitement towards this film.
7:03PM on 08/27/2012

Enlightening....

This project needs to fly just like Bobby. Directly into a Ford Taurus windshield.For me, there is no level of excitement for this film. My of level of curiosity is about 2.5. Of course I'm biased, I grew up watching Robocop. I just don't see this being successful.
This project needs to fly just like Bobby. Directly into a Ford Taurus windshield.For me, there is no level of excitement for this film. My of level of curiosity is about 2.5. Of course I'm biased, I grew up watching Robocop. I just don't see this being successful.
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6:02PM on 08/27/2012
It gets booted up to a 3 because of the cast. Other than that my expectations are still very low. Enough with the remakes, Total Recall proved nobody wanted one made.
It gets booted up to a 3 because of the cast. Other than that my expectations are still very low. Enough with the remakes, Total Recall proved nobody wanted one made.
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5:30PM on 08/27/2012

7, but for sheer curiosity.

I don't see how Robocop can translate well to modern day cinema, but it's one of those properties for me, were seeing it come to life has a surreal entertaining quality in and of itself, actual quality be damned.
I don't see how Robocop can translate well to modern day cinema, but it's one of those properties for me, were seeing it come to life has a surreal entertaining quality in and of itself, actual quality be damned.
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5:24PM on 08/27/2012
Sounds like the studio is cutting the budget back any way they can. GOOD ideas/concepts usually require substantial amounts of CG and post production work that = more $$. Let the Director tell the story the way they want to and take a chance on new and innovative ideas. Who has final cut? The Studio or the Director?
Sounds like the studio is cutting the budget back any way they can. GOOD ideas/concepts usually require substantial amounts of CG and post production work that = more $$. Let the Director tell the story the way they want to and take a chance on new and innovative ideas. Who has final cut? The Studio or the Director?
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4:36PM on 08/27/2012
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All due respect to Jose Padilha (Elite Squad was awesome) but this has f*cked up by the studio remake written all over it. Another PG13 crapfest.
(oh you just know its going to be PG13).

See you in Walmart Robocop, where I will buy it for a dollar.
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All due respect to Jose Padilha (Elite Squad was awesome) but this has f*cked up by the studio remake written all over it. Another PG13 crapfest.
(oh you just know its going to be PG13).

See you in Walmart Robocop, where I will buy it for a dollar.
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3:16PM on 08/27/2012
Stick a fork in it. It's done.

Stick a fork in it. It's done.

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3:16PM on 08/27/2012
I guess we'll have to wait for the directors cut...
Why do they choose a director when they don't believe in his abilities to make a good movie..
I guess we'll have to wait for the directors cut...
Why do they choose a director when they don't believe in his abilities to make a good movie..
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2:36PM on 08/27/2012
The consistency of bad news continues.
The consistency of bad news continues.
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2:33PM on 08/27/2012

Come On hollywood!

give more creative freedom to the directors.

This guy already has a hit movie, and Robocop practically sells itself. Why are they pushing their own ideas on this. Look at guys like Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, and Tarantino. All given complete creative control and all producing a string of hit movies, critically and commercially. They are slowly learning this with guys like Whedon and Gareth Edwards, leaving it to the artists and fans to produce movies the fans would like. Why do they
give more creative freedom to the directors.

This guy already has a hit movie, and Robocop practically sells itself. Why are they pushing their own ideas on this. Look at guys like Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, and Tarantino. All given complete creative control and all producing a string of hit movies, critically and commercially. They are slowly learning this with guys like Whedon and Gareth Edwards, leaving it to the artists and fans to produce movies the fans would like. Why do they have to force their own ideas on this?
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2:31PM on 08/27/2012
Directors should start giving the Hollywood suits a taste of their own medicine: Walk into their offices every single day and hand out notes telling them how to do their jobs.
Directors should start giving the Hollywood suits a taste of their own medicine: Walk into their offices every single day and hand out notes telling them how to do their jobs.
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2:16PM on 08/27/2012
Damn shame, because Padhila is a fantastic director. 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' practically IS a Robocop movie (minus the robots.) A dark, violent urban crime epic, complete with vibrant satires of media, politics, culture. Great movie. I think its still up on Netflix Instant.
Damn shame, because Padhila is a fantastic director. 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' practically IS a Robocop movie (minus the robots.) A dark, violent urban crime epic, complete with vibrant satires of media, politics, culture. Great movie. I think its still up on Netflix Instant.
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2:13PM on 08/27/2012
Who the hell needs a Robocop remake when we have Dredd on the way?
Who the hell needs a Robocop remake when we have Dredd on the way?
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1:56PM on 08/27/2012
@Extratidbit, if 1 is the lowest level then that's where I'm at though I'd wish to be at -10. If there's a creative-control power struggle with the director and execs, this is guaranteed to be a total mess regardless of the solid casting (remember, even A-listers have turds on their resume's).

I get the feeling this will be like a generic/bland 2hr TV movie desperately throwing homages left and right (ala T3) despite looking all pretty and shiny. The ONLY people who'll enjoy this are the
@Extratidbit, if 1 is the lowest level then that's where I'm at though I'd wish to be at -10. If there's a creative-control power struggle with the director and execs, this is guaranteed to be a total mess regardless of the solid casting (remember, even A-listers have turds on their resume's).

I get the feeling this will be like a generic/bland 2hr TV movie desperately throwing homages left and right (ala T3) despite looking all pretty and shiny. The ONLY people who'll enjoy this are the ones who've never watched the first RoboCop growing up.
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1:56PM on 08/27/2012
If it's raw like Dredd appears to be, it might have a chance. But with that script I'm not holding out much hope.
If it's raw like Dredd appears to be, it might have a chance. But with that script I'm not holding out much hope.
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1:54PM on 08/27/2012

More like 1/99

There is NO chance this movie can be good. It's just the latest obnoxious Hollywood mix of unoriginality meeting irrelevance. I WOULDN'T buy it for a dollar.
There is NO chance this movie can be good. It's just the latest obnoxious Hollywood mix of unoriginality meeting irrelevance. I WOULDN'T buy it for a dollar.
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1:35PM on 08/27/2012
Sooooo... Robocop is a Cylon?
Sooooo... Robocop is a Cylon?
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1:17PM on 08/27/2012
That first image, the Robocop concept with the red visor... is that what he's gonna look like?
That first image, the Robocop concept with the red visor... is that what he's gonna look like?
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1:11PM on 08/27/2012
It's 50/50. If Padhila had to fight this hard, it could mean that we'd have a worthy remake of Robocop. On the other hand, if the director HAD to fight this hard and the early review of the script that was the news about a week ago is true, we might have another bad remake on our hand.
It's 50/50. If Padhila had to fight this hard, it could mean that we'd have a worthy remake of Robocop. On the other hand, if the director HAD to fight this hard and the early review of the script that was the news about a week ago is true, we might have another bad remake on our hand.
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