MGM Raids Their Vault… Again: Robocop, Fame, & Rocky?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 6:52 am,

leologo MGM Raids Their Vault... Again: Robocop, Fame, & Rocky?MGM has the largest back-catalog of movies in Hollywood – musicals, James Bond, Ben-Hur – you name it, MGM has it stashed in a vault somewhere. They have over 4,000 movies. Just imagine the amount of DVDs they could release and re-release and… you see what I’m getting at.

In the past several years they haven’t been too lucky: They were bought out by Sony and became a little more than a distribution company… but recently they’ve been getting back into the producing sector.

They have Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie in the pipeline, but hey – who needs an original idea when you can remake an old film or bleed a franchise dry.

MGM has set its sights on RoboCop and Fame remakes as well as more Bond, more Pink Panther films, and maybe more than two Hobbit films and possibly, possibly – another Rocky!

Yes you read that correctly.

Another Rocky film.

MGM honchos Mary Parent and Harry Sloan recently talked about the company’s future at the
American Pavilion, where Sloan stated:

“Ultimately MGM needed to stand on its own. We needed to go into original production. Films like ‘The Hobbit’ are immense opportunities.”

Parent went on to say:

“The library is a treasure chest. There is a great deal to pull. ‘RoboCop,’ possibly in 3-D. ‘RoboCop’ would be great in 3-D, as would something we’re hoping to announce soon.”

With regards to The Hobbit she said :

“There’s 80 years between the end of ‘The Hobbit’ and the beginning of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Think of the franchise.”

I think that the sound you just heard was J. R. R. Tolkien spinning in his grave.

Mary Parent also mentioned the possibility of another Rocky film, however when she broached the idea to the crowd, they didn’t seem too enthused by the idea. I wonder what Sylvester Stallone thinks?

I can live with Bond sequels, to be honest with you – I can’t get enough of them. I love Rocky, but please leave it alone. You ended the series in a high note. Don’t sour it.

As for The Hobbit – I don’t much care about the Lord of The Rings films, but making more than two prequels is really milking that cash cow, and you could destroy the good faith of the audience.

The only MGM film that I’m looking forward to (besides Bond) is The Topkapi Affair, the follow-up to 1999’s The Thomas Crown Affair. There hasn’t been much news since we heard that original RoboCop helmer Paul Verhoeven signed up to direct the Pierce Brosnan starrer. A shame.

What do you folks think? Artistic rebirth or crazy cash-in?

Source: Indiewire

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  1. It doesn’t sound any different than all the remakes other studios are doing. Not a fan of this but if it makes them money who can blame them. If i disapprove, I don’t have to see them.

  2. The quote about filling the gap between the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings makes me queasy.

    If they want to take on more Tolkein, take some of the smaller stories already written in the Silmirillion, and flesh them out. A competent scribe could adapt several epic screenplays out of that.

  3. no,no,NO!
    Rocky ended well.

  4. PLEASE leave Rocky alone!! I thought “Rocky Balboa” was a great way to finish the series (and pretty much get rid of the awful Rocky V). A Robocop reboot could be cool. I have to agree with JC on the whole Hobbit idea. I get queasy also when they talk of original stories in that world….

    As for Bond, keep ’em coming!!

  5. I agree about Rocky. Go out on a dignified note – what the hell is wrong with these people?


  6. Rocky can stay. Stalone will be busy with another set of Rambo films anyway, lol.

    Bond ofcourse, that’s a franchise that will never stop making movies and never needs to.

    As for lord of the rings, as long as you don’t re-cast anyone, have Mckellan as Gandalf and hopefully some Viggo-Aragorn action, that’s fine. I wouldn’t complain about that compared the the 8 crappy Harry Potter films (now that’s milking that cow and the rest in the fields)

  7. Yeah, but Rob, at least HArry Potter movies are made from original source material from the creator of Harry. Having some Hollywood studio hack destroying Tolkien’s work is sacriligious.

  8. Just say no to a RoboCop remake. PLEASE!


  9. I don’t know if they can come up with a new concept (based on what I’m reading) but a new take on Robocop might be acceptable.

    No reboots, I’m talking OCP has been bought out by (who knows) and there restarting the RoboCop line. They could even have this new Robo go after the (you write it) that killed the OCP Robocop?

    Reboots are cheap for the sudios and suck for creative writers that have original ideas.
    Hey Studios, (FU with a vhs tape) I’ll go watch a dvd. Sheesh I’ve got enough of them to run a tv station.

  10. Yeah ok. A new RoboCop, as like the first one, I maybe would like to see.

    Rocky, no go, leave the boxer alone!

    New Bond films? Like Casino Royale? Oh boy, just keep them coming. I’m already looking forward to the next installment in november (what was that name again?)

    I really don’t think Fame, or any other dance-movie of that time neets a reboot. They belong in that period, and there, they are really fun to watch from time to time.

    And than about the Hobbit. I really am a big fan of LotR, that trilogy was just one of the best films in the past decade! Really looking forward to the Hobbit too. But as said, please don’t milk the cow! There is a time to leave the things as they are, and I think after the Hobbit that time has come.


  11. Johnson, this could be bad for OCP…

    Vic, ya need to add that one to the movie quotes. Lol 😉

  12. they better not touch rocky that movie is good as is no remakes

  13. they better not touch rocky that movie is good as is no remakes and don’t make a robocop movie where they make a new robocop n have the ocp robocop get killed that will be bad