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.
“ 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?
I guess there are two ways of looking at this:
- 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?).
- 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.