If you were born and raised in Detroit, RoboCop isn’t just a movie, it’s a piece of history. Granted it’s a piece of Hollywood-produced history, but the film is set in the city and the backdrop plays an important role in the story. Therefore whenever anyone talks about developments with the reboot my ears perk up! We thought the movie was dead in the water after MGM started having financial problems and Darren Aronofsky jumped ship, but apparently the tide has changed. A new director is being courted to helm RoboCop according to Deadline.

The site claims that Brazilian director Jose Padiha is in talks with MGM to direct the new RoboCop. The studio has targeted the film as its first franchise play (we thought that was James Bond?), and they’re impressed with Padiha’s track record when it comes to crime dramas. His films Elite Squad and its sequel Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within grossed over $60 million in Brazil alone last year, surpassing Avatar, Shrek Forever After and Alice in Wonderland in the country.

The original RoboCop was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Peter Weller as the title character. He was a police officer who was brutally murdered but brought back to life with the help of a science program that made him Detroit’s first super cop. RoboCop really is one of the best B-grade action movies to come out of the eighties. Surprisingly, it still stands up 24 years later.

What do you think of Padiha as a RoboCop candidate? Is he a good choice?