‘Gran Torino’ Writer To Work On ‘RoboCop’ Reboot

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MGM’s decision to reboot the RoboCop franchise has incurred much in the way of fan outrage – as has also been true for almost every upcoming remake and reboot that Hollwood is planning. Director José Padilha has helped to cool the tide of fury by frequently discussing his plans to deliver a sci-fi/action flick with a different thematic flavor than Paul Verhoeven’s original film about the titular man-turned-cyborg.

Pretty much all the attention of late (with respect to the new RoboCop) has been focused on Padilha, rather than what buzzed-about newbie screenwriter Josh Zetumer has been doing with the film’s script. That may change, seeing how another scribe has now been brought onboard, to help realize Padilha’s vision.

Heat Vision has learned that Nick Schenk has been hired on to script RoboCop for Padilha. The two have recently been working together on an upcoming action thriller titled Tri-Border, but that collaboration is not expected to take precedence over the RoboCop franchise revamping. Schenk otherwise boasts a handful of minor TV series and film shorts on his resume, but he is by far best known for penning the Clint Eastwood-directed (and starring) Gran Torino.

This hiring move really only bolsters Padilha’s claims that he’s not interested in delivering a rebooted RoboCop that abandons the satirical subtext and social commentary of Verhoeven’s film – in favor of a pure mindlessly violent sci-fi action flick. Schenk’s small (but solid) body of work is proof enough that he’s interested in being more of a thoughtful storyteller, rather than someone who just churns out Hollywood blockbuster drivel.

Now, the next step for the minds behind the RoboCop reboot is to recruit a credible actor who’s willing to don the iconic visor and metallic body suit. Rumored star Michael Fassbender has admitted that he’s very much open to the idea, but his commitment to starring in the film Twelve Years a Slave means he’ll be busy for a good chunk of the upcoming summer – and unfortunately, that’s when MGM wants shooting on the new RoboCop to begin.


Expect to continue hearing more and more about the RoboCop reboot over the upcoming months, as the project gears ups for production.

Source: THR

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  1. Why are they still making this? Without Aronofsky what’s the point?

  2. They’re cutting the balls off a truly badass movie.

  3. I think Gran Torino was a great movie but I still think this reboot shouldn’t go forward.

    Robocop is a classic movie.

    Holywood has gone too far with remakes:
    Total Recall
    Starship Troopers
    Total Recall
    Fright Night
    Conan the Barbarian
    Punisher movies (three times remaked).

    The only movies that were remakes which I liked were:
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Batman Begins
    The Incredible Hulk
    The Karate Kid
    and that’s all.

    I think Hollywood should do more video gaame and book movie adaptions becuase there is lots of games and books that deserved to be made into movies.

    • Rise of the Apes was a prequel, not a remake. Neither were Batman Begins or The Incredible Hulk. Those were reboots. Also, The Punisher films were each reboots, not remakes.

      • Ghost,

        How do you define the difference between a reboot and a remake? To me “reboot” applies when it’s the relaunch of a movie franchise and “remake” is when it’s done for a standalone film.


        • Agreed Vic

        • I agree with Vic. That’s why I think of the new RoboCop as being a reboot, since (as far as I can tell) it’s meant to relaunch the franchise – and not just rework the original movie.

          The new Evil Dead, by comparison, is what I think of as a remake. Yes, there were previous ED sequels, but the new version seems solely focused on reworking the original film only.

        • Remakes tell the same story with the same charachters and it ofers a new take on the story.
          A reboot, is redoing in almost entirely – just keeping the same general plot.

          • Ghost,

            You’ve listed a bunch of what you consider remakes – give us a list of what you consider reboots, because I can’t think of many examples that fit your description. There are many movies being made (and that have been made) that are referred to as reboots, but use the same characters and stories.


  4. Scene one: Robocop walks down the street where Walt Kowalski died, looking for a little vengeance….

    • haha; ‘dead or alive you will get off my lawn. ‘

      • THATS funny LOL!!!

      • @ Ben

        Lol. Imagine having ED-209 as your personal security unit to keep people off your lawn. ” You have 20 seconds to comply”, lol.

  5. Can’t be worse then Robocop 3, The TV series, the cartoon, and Prime Directives.

    Only way is up.

    • The really scary thing is, yes it could be worse. That is what I’m afraid of.

  6. man y are they even rebooting this

  7. Michael Fassbender doesn’t have the lips for Robocop, Peter Weller had great lips, after all thats all you see.

  8. I don’t seem to be too displeased with this news. I’ve seen all of Jose Padilha’s films except for Secrets of the Tribe and I think he’s the right guy to be rebooting Robocop. His Tropa de Elite films are proof enough that he can tackle both drama and action and his documentary “Bus 174″ has a lot of journalistic credibility. And I watched Robocop a week back and did feel that it needs a proper reboot (like Batman Begins) and if Michael Fassbender is in it, I’m watching it opening night!

  9. Gran Torino was a truly, almost purely amateur screenplay. What possessed Eastwood to make it must have been the same spirit which cajoled him into singing that horrible end-credits song. This portends bad things for Robocop Reborn (or whatever), which needs to be sardonic, like the original, not pretentious, like Gran Torino.

  10. Gran Torino was a great film. Though i like him as a actor,id pass on the reboot if Russell Crowe is gonna be in the title role of Robocop.

    • How could you not like Russel Crowe as Robo… PRIMO VICTORIA!!!!