Recently the Robocop remake has had some casting bumps and shuffles, with Hugh Laurie leaving the project, but more damning was the news that the script for the reboot is supposedly terrible. And from recent news, it sounds like director Jose Padihla may agree with that.
I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming Robocop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. “This is hell here,” he told me. “The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.” He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.
The biggest transition in Hollywood right now is that there are few “middle class” films. Most movies now have a budget of under $20 Million or over $100 Million, and what happens is that filmmakers who haven’t quite mastered the politics or skill-set to to direct expensive movies are put in a situation where not only are they in over their heads, but they are likely being second-guessed by the people in charge, partly because they haven’t had the experience. We’re seeing the fruits of that in 2013 (G.I. Joe Retaliation especially).
Padilha may have directed good movies in Brazil, but in America – when helming something like this – it’s likely he’s being pushed around, and has to fight exceptionally hard to give the piece any sense of vision. Hopefully he wins more than he loses.
Are you still excited for Robocop (if you ever were)?