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Jose Padilha in talks with MGM to direct the Robocop reboot

03.01.2011

All the ROBOCOP statue updates aside, here's some reboot news.

According to Deadline, Brazilian director Jose Padilha is in negotiations with MGM to helm the ROBOCOP reboot. Padilha impressed the suits with his crime drama ELITE SQUAD and its sequel that came out in 2010. Both films were in Portuguese and weren't really big here in the states. But ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY within grossed $60 million in Brazil last year, surpassing films like AVATAR and ALICE IN WONDERLAND in Padilha's home country.

Darren Aronofsky has been off and on with this project for awhile now. Everyone seemed excited that he might have the chance to direct, but as soon as he took the next WOLVERINE film that tiny glimmer of hope was erased. Now with this news that hope is officially re-run over roadkill.

Trailers for ELITE SQUAD 1 & 2 below. After seeing those, I kind of want to watch them now.

Extra Tidbit: Has anyone here seen any of Padilha's films? You think this is a good fit?
Source: Deadline

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8:10AM on 03/02/2011
big fan of Robocop 1 & 2, and some of the comicbook adaptations. there's a lot you can do with the character, so I'm definitely down for a new movie. hopefully it won't suck.
big fan of Robocop 1 & 2, and some of the comicbook adaptations. there's a lot you can do with the character, so I'm definitely down for a new movie. hopefully it won't suck.
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10:01AM on 03/02/2011
Robocop 2 blows.
Robocop 2 blows.
7:08AM on 03/02/2011
I hate these damn reboots and remakes. The idea of Robocop is so 80s, I hope the reboot fails. At one point we will have rebooted everything from the 80s. Then we can start all over again!
I hate these damn reboots and remakes. The idea of Robocop is so 80s, I hope the reboot fails. At one point we will have rebooted everything from the 80s. Then we can start all over again!
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7:31AM on 03/02/2011
yes its very depressing since i grew up on everything 80s since it was the decade of the better movies & music I grew to love & cherish well into my adulthood now that im into my 30s. Hollywood is destroying my childhood memories.
yes its very depressing since i grew up on everything 80s since it was the decade of the better movies & music I grew to love & cherish well into my adulthood now that im into my 30s. Hollywood is destroying my childhood memories.
4:34AM on 03/02/2011
OMG hollywood give it up already, nobody wants a freaking remake of robocop, esecially from a director nobody hardly has heard of.
OMG hollywood give it up already, nobody wants a freaking remake of robocop, esecially from a director nobody hardly has heard of.
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9:23PM on 03/01/2011

movie is great, trailer sux

Both movies are great. The second one is the best tough. Anyway if there is one thing brazilians can't do, it's a good trailer. They all suck. So even if the trailer didn't interest you, i still recommend both movies. They are great crimes movies.
Both movies are great. The second one is the best tough. Anyway if there is one thing brazilians can't do, it's a good trailer. They all suck. So even if the trailer didn't interest you, i still recommend both movies. They are great crimes movies.
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7:43PM on 03/01/2011

"ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY within grossed $60 in Brazil last year"

Wow, a whole $60?!

Is there some lopsided exchange rate with Brazil that I don't know about?
Wow, a whole $60?!

Is there some lopsided exchange rate with Brazil that I don't know about?
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7:54PM on 03/01/2011
Obviously I didn't mean $60. But you never know-- maybe that's impressive to someone, somewhere.
Obviously I didn't mean $60. But you never know-- maybe that's impressive to someone, somewhere.
9:17PM on 03/01/2011
It's actually 60 million dollars. It's an all time record down here.
It's actually 60 million dollars. It's an all time record down here.
6:37AM on 03/02/2011
Someone call a doctor, I detect faint signs of Trolliosis.
Someone call a doctor, I detect faint signs of Trolliosis.
6:44PM on 03/01/2011
Remaking this is such a bad idea. Just let it die already.
Remaking this is such a bad idea. Just let it die already.
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