‘RoboCop’ Remake Director Plays Down Reports of Pre-Production Woes

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

August was a rough time for the RoboCop remake/reboot, what with a negative (old?) script draft review making the rounds, Hugh Laurie passing on the villain role, and reports that director José Padilha has confided in his friends that pre-production has proven to be a hellish experience. However, the month ended on a better note, when reports emerged that Michael Keaton has signed on to portray the film’s antagonist.

Padilha has since been approached about the RoboCop pre-production issue, which he addressed in a professional manner – though, it’s worth noting the filmmaker did not actually deny he’s been unhappy working within the confines of the studio system.

All of this stems from an interview with Padilha’s acquaintance and fellow Brazilian director, Fernando Meirelles, who revealed his friend told him making RoboCop was proving to be a bitter task – one Padilha has very little intention of repeating in the future. Nonetheless, the latter says he is satisfied with progress on the remake so far, telling Cinema em Cena:

“I have a script I’m happy with and I got the cast I have picked. The director of photography is Lula Carvalho, my editor is Daniel Rezende (City of God, Elite Squad, The Tree of Life). I was even consulted for the selection of the producers.”

Filmmaking can often be an arduous and infuriating process – as was discussed during the SR Underground‘s 2012 Fall Movie Preview podcast – and that still holds true for directors who aren’t constantly dealing with producer demands or concerns about commercial viability. It’s even trickier for indie filmmakers who give up more creative freedom when they enter the world of blockbuster movie-making (like Marc Webb did with this summer’s Amazing Spider-Man).

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That’s to say: it’s no surprise that Padilha has endured a rude awakening while working on a project like RoboCop – a film that combines significant special effect$ work with socio-political satire. Padilha’s past work has tended to be very politically-charged (see: Bus 174, Elite Squad), which puts him all the more at odds with studio desires for a safe and marketable final product.

Nonetheless, Padilha says he’s handling the difficulties on RoboCop “with coolness and familiarity.” Moreover, the cast he’s put together – including, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others – indicates Padilha isn’t the only one who thinks the final script draft is up to scratch.

To paraphrase a classic saying: the best movies tend to be brutal to make. We will find out if that adage holds true for RoboCop when the film opens in U.S. theaters on August 9th, 2013.

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Source: Cinema em Cena [via Latino Review]

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  1. exactly just like i thought about the negative news from those two people, the one moderator was just negative overheated about the script from what i think that he didn´t read it,just hot air and this meirelles guy was just jealousy that he didn´t get the job,a friend told me that he was also on the list for directing-robocop-. i have high hopes in that movie, especially because of the actors, i think g.oldman would never play in it if the script would be bad that is a good sign.

    • The script for Bullit simply said “car chase”, imagine if that script was released on the internet. Now if people managed to get hold of shooting scripts i may pay them a little more attention.

      • Also, Gary Oldman has been in a lot of bad movies as much as he’s been in movies seen as great or even classic (Dracula, Sid & Nancy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

  2. but not since the harry potter and batman movies, i think someone like oldman would never play in a bad movie on the highlight in his longtime carrier. him self said that he had no big choice to choose a script as a he was young and at the beginning of his footsteps in the moviebiussn.he said that he has hated the role of sid vicious in -sid and nancy-,and since dracula i have never seen him in a bad movie.

  3. So the executives told him to decline those comments he made about the crap production or else he would have been fired off the project or terminated from existence…ok

    • you make these contracts automaticaly if you sign for a movie.ok

  4. Hopefully the screenplay was also rewritten, so that it’s a good reboot.

  5. Hey Padiha! Back pedal much?

  6. yeah the fact that Gary Oldman is a part of this in the current state of his career I highly doubt the script is s*****, it must be very interesting if he tagged along, also Marianne Jean-Basptist has never been in anything s***** (“Without a trace”, Sons of Anarchy”) so i have faith in the project, i actually hope it surpasses the original so all the fanboys can be proven wrong. Padilha is very skilled director/visionary

  7. I hope the new RoboCop doesn’t wear lipstick like in that last picture.

    • Hahaha…yeah!