While I initially dreaded the prospect of the RoboCop remake, I think I’ve grown to acceptance, peace and even some curiosity after this news from Deadline. We learned recently that Brazilian super crime director, Jose Padilha, has been locked to direct this cyborg re:build. Now, we know he’ll be joined by Josh Zetumer, a screenwriter whose star’s been shooting up like some many high caliber rounds from a deadly Auto-9. Since his espionage script, Infiltrator, was Black List-ed and put together as a movie for Leo, he’s been hired for work on the Bourne Legacy and another remake of Dune, among other gigs.
None of the guy’s flicks have been produced yet, so there’s not much to go off of. I’m mainly more intrigued to see how the original RoboCop’s satire may be updated to reflected the social/political/economical/pop-cultural climate of the 2010s. RoboCop isn’t so 80s that it belongs in Alex’s Sunday School. It’s timeless enough to transcend decades and all that. But it’s still a very conscious, biting satire of 80s America. I can imagine a lot of commentary and subtext being thrown into OCP getting by off a bail-out, or pulling industry out of Detroit, or replacing the police with a private security contractor (which they basically did in movie #3, but anyway.)
Hmmmm… I think we’ve got a good candidate for If We Remade, no?