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Who needs a statue, MGM moving ahead with RoboCop reboot

02.18.2011

While the residents of Detroit raise money to build a statue of RoboCop somewhere in their fine city, MGM is raising money to build a new ROBOCOP on the big-screen. The studio had been planning a reboot to be directed by Darren Aronofsky but when the studio declared bankruptcy, the project went kaput and Aronofsky refocused himself on THE WOLVERINE. But now the studio has regained some footing and is looking for a ROBOCOP reboot to be one of their first projects under their new leadership.

UPDATE - Just spoke to a source with knowledge of the situation who says that contrary to the report in Variety, the only films on the slate at MGM are THE HOBBIT, BOND 23 and HANSEL AND GRETEL, each of which, MGM will partner with another studio on. What does this mean to the above and below listed films? Perhaps it's just wishful thinking...

No real plan or creative talent is attached at this point but MGM execs were making the rounds this week telling agencies that the ROBOCOP reboot is back on and a priority.

It's not just ROBOCOP though that MGM is looking to get going. The studio is also planning remakes of POLTERGEIST, MR. MOM and THE IDOLMAKER plus an original project based on the legend of Hercules.

Not much in the way of details are available at this point likely because MGM doesn't have much in the way of details themselves. Without any talent involved, the projects are in the earliest stages of development. The remakes and reboots though allow MGM to leverage their vast library of films into new projects and cashflow.

This is all fine and good as a business model but does it work for audiences? We found out this week that 2011 will break the all-time sequel record and MGM's plan only adds to that glut. The studio tried to reboot RED DAWN only to have that film sit on its shelf for years and still not have a solid release date. Do you think this is a good strategy for MGM?

Source: Variety

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8:35PM on 02/18/2011

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MGM (or whoever) wants to do a new Robocop movie, PLEASE let them take a look at that script FRANK MILLER wrote YEARS ago
MGM (or whoever) wants to do a new Robocop movie, PLEASE let them take a look at that script FRANK MILLER wrote YEARS ago
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9:31PM on 02/20/2011
Like Robocop 3?
No thanks. Miller has proven himself quite inept in cinema.
Like Robocop 3?
No thanks. Miller has proven himself quite inept in cinema.
5:43PM on 02/18/2011

People aren't going to like this...

but you are going to have to substantially change Robocop for a believable reboot. Where technology and "futurism" was in the 80's - you could have a Frankenstein meets Dirty Harry. Today - it's just not cutting edge. You'd need to have something fast moving, something that take advantage of online information. I think deregulation and privatization are still great aspects of the original that could be captured - but trying to bank in on his iconic look and presence I think would backfire -
but you are going to have to substantially change Robocop for a believable reboot. Where technology and "futurism" was in the 80's - you could have a Frankenstein meets Dirty Harry. Today - it's just not cutting edge. You'd need to have something fast moving, something that take advantage of online information. I think deregulation and privatization are still great aspects of the original that could be captured - but trying to bank in on his iconic look and presence I think would backfire - I mean he can't even break into a run. I'm saying this as a diehard fan who grew up on the original. A good script will know what to change, and what to keep. Being overly faithful will backfire IMO.
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4:50PM on 02/18/2011

Lets get original here!

Screw the reboots lets get some more original movies out. So we can have classics of our generation.
Screw the reboots lets get some more original movies out. So we can have classics of our generation.
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4:23PM on 02/18/2011

Screw the reboot

Here's what needs to happen. The film is called "Detroit's Finest" starring Peter Weller as Robocop and Eddie Murphy as a "lost in time" Axel Foley! Or just have Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 4: Beverly Hills RoboCop. Who wouldn't want to watch those movies?
Here's what needs to happen. The film is called "Detroit's Finest" starring Peter Weller as Robocop and Eddie Murphy as a "lost in time" Axel Foley! Or just have Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 4: Beverly Hills RoboCop. Who wouldn't want to watch those movies?
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3:32PM on 02/18/2011
I like how 1/4 of the news posted these days isn't factual and it's updated instantly. I appreciate the updating but why post in the first place?
I like how 1/4 of the news posted these days isn't factual and it's updated instantly. I appreciate the updating but why post in the first place?
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3:19PM on 02/18/2011
Norm Mcdonald should play Clarence Boddicker.
And yeah....seriously, "Mr. Mom"?
Norm Mcdonald should play Clarence Boddicker.
And yeah....seriously, "Mr. Mom"?
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2:53PM on 02/18/2011

MR. MOM Remake

Seriously?
Seriously?
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2:13PM on 02/18/2011
im from detroit area. people raised $50,000 for a statue to be built in detroit. pretty awesome.
im from detroit area. people raised $50,000 for a statue to be built in detroit. pretty awesome.
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1:00PM on 02/18/2011
As if we don't have enough 80's crapola around, we have to raise money for a statue that could be better used on an ACTUAL cause. Oi, priorities, America. In either case, I'm glad they're not rushing one. They're going to have to rework the concept if they reboot the series, I'm convinced of it.
As if we don't have enough 80's crapola around, we have to raise money for a statue that could be better used on an ACTUAL cause. Oi, priorities, America. In either case, I'm glad they're not rushing one. They're going to have to rework the concept if they reboot the series, I'm convinced of it.
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12:41PM on 02/18/2011
I have very little faith that the execs will be able to make something as ultra-violent and awesomely subversive as Verhoven's original. Just don't see it happening.

On another note, leave Poltergeist the fuck alone!!
I have very little faith that the execs will be able to make something as ultra-violent and awesomely subversive as Verhoven's original. Just don't see it happening.

On another note, leave Poltergeist the fuck alone!!
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12:05PM on 02/18/2011
A re-telling of his origin is a bad move. Creating a badass, action-packed sequel to the original film is a good move. Honestly, they should do everything they can to get Weller back for this. I know he's gotten a lot older but he's wearing a costume that pretty much completely covers him. The small part of his face that does show can be digitally "de-aged" as they did in X-Men 3. I dunno, just spit balling here.
A re-telling of his origin is a bad move. Creating a badass, action-packed sequel to the original film is a good move. Honestly, they should do everything they can to get Weller back for this. I know he's gotten a lot older but he's wearing a costume that pretty much completely covers him. The small part of his face that does show can be digitally "de-aged" as they did in X-Men 3. I dunno, just spit balling here.
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11:23AM on 02/18/2011
I'm glad that the Robocop reboot got put on pause for a while, because Atonofsky directing The Wolverine is much more appealing, IMO.
I'm glad that the Robocop reboot got put on pause for a while, because Atonofsky directing The Wolverine is much more appealing, IMO.
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