Robocop Remake Put On Hold

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

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Despite on again off again rumors, last June we got word from Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky that he would still be helming a remake of the classic 80s film Robocop for MGM.

…And then, in the fall, MGM reported that it was going bankrupt.

We knew that MGM’s financial woes were going to be a major hurdle for some of our most anticipated upcoming films (James Bond, The Hobbit), and it now it appears that Robocop is also a casualty – though not for the reasons you might think.

Moviehole got word from a guy named “Nash” over at Robocop Archive that the production was put on hold after Aronofsky butted heads with the studio execs. Check out the quote from Nash:

“ I’ve spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of ROBOCOP… they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new ROBOCOP. But ,as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he’s not interested in Gimmicks like,3D,CGI,Filming digital, he wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like The Fountain”.

Now this is where I feel my head begin to spin: If this is indeed the case for Robocop being stalled, it’s kinda stupid. MGM has lint lining their pockets right now; they have a wildly popular franchise they want to reboot; a bonafide artist like Aronofsky ready to make it happen and he comes to them saying “Let’s skip all the 3D CGI effects crap and just shoot this thing more organically,” and that’s a problem?

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I guess there are two ways of looking at this:

  1. By investing more money to make a CGI 3D extravaganza, you position the movie to be a major blockbuster that will earn back crazy money (Avatar anyone?).
  2. Aronofsky’s budget for an ‘organic’ Robocop is still pretty high, his approach to the material is unorthodox (which we know already) and the studio doesn’t feel like the end result will be a big enough hit to justify the risk.

None of us are really close enough to this to know for sure what the ins and outs are – I just know it sucks that I won’t be seeing Robocop on the big screen anytime in the foreseeable future.

We’ll let you know more about what all is going on with Robocop when we hear it.

Sources: Moviehole & Robocop Archive

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  1. They’re having…trouble.

  2. They probably want some blockbustery director so it’s more of a sure thing. Personally I’d love an Aronofsky Robocop, and the funny thing is, he’d probably do it for a lot less than what a typical summer blockbuster costs to produce.



  4. Making a big mistake not trusting the artist. Of course all this is looking from the outside. Might be a point in bankruptcy where they have to sell a few properties… 8-0

  5. Robocop is classic 80′s hardcore sci-fi…. It will be interesting to see how they remake it. I’m hoping it stays true to its graphic and gory origin. And is not dumbed down to a 12A certificate etc

  6. Robocop is one of the realy great dark franchises from the 80′s. It was gritty and more real then other movies made at that time. I do not want to see a 3D/CGI piece of crap. I hope Aronofsky gets his way. It will be a better film if they have to spend the time working on the acting and directing then trying to make Robocop’s CGI face look more lifelike.

  7. Im usually against reboots. But when it comes to Robocop, i hope i wont be let down. What i mean is, No cgi,No 3-D stuff. Id expect it to be as all good as the original was.

  8. I’m not the biggest Aronofsky fan…even if he did helm The Wrestler. But when I think about the original film, and when Aronofsky wants the redo to be “organic” with little to no CGI/3-D stuff…I remember the original. Some nice FX mattes, stop-go animation (good for robots) and full scale models…but that’s not what sold the film. It was great writing, good acting, and coherent action.

    I think that’s what Aronofsky was going to focus on: story (including dark satire/humor), character and action. I’m not suggesting MGM would not want that. But. I’m not for most remakes for the sake of remaking films based only on brand- this is what it sounds like on MGM’s part.

    If I were an MGM exec here’s what I would do:

    * Forget RoboCop for now. 3D or otherwise. (Thus this is a gutsy but smart move, regardless of differences with Aronofsky)

    * Ask Aronofsky to direct the remake of Poltergeist instead. I told you I’m not a fan of Aronofsky—wipe that grin off your face!

  9. I figured Aronfonsky could have any director’s chair he wanted after the Wrestler?

  10. Nice Robocop 2 reference! Haha.

  11. I don't know. There honestly is no reason for it to be released in 3D, and if the director doesn't want to shoot it in 3D, why try and force it? It's not like non-3D movies were bombs when they were blockbusters, not to mention if you up the price, the people that are kind of on the fence about it definitely won't go because they don't want to spend $10+ on a movie they might not like at all. Just go with the traditional film and see where that gets you. Personally, I'm excited about Darren directing it because I loved The Fountain and Wrestler and want to see what he can do with it.

  12. I’d rather see robocop vs terminator! that would be an awesome movie.

  13. Is it really that big of a deal? If they made Robocop into an Avatar style film then there ratings will plummet. Robocop wasn’t meant to be a CGI film. It would take away the originality of it. I would love to see a remake as long as they don’t destroy a classic.

  14. Ok its pointless to make a 3D remake of this movie and for Darren Aronofsky to remake it you know its gonna be origanal and awsome i love aronofskys work the mans a genius and could do a great remake

  15. i have a full scale model of robocop in steel anybody interested ?