It’s been a rough summer for director Jose Padilha. His upcoming RoboCop reboot has met with almost universal disdain even before production began on the film, thanks to a fervent fanbase dedicated to the original film. Then Hugh Laurie backed out of the film, with rumors flying that his exit was due to a poor script (Laurie was later replaced with Michael Keaton). Then, Padilha’s colleague Fernando Meirelles leaked that RoboCop’s producers were henpecking Padilha to such a degree that the director was miserable and having to fight for each and every choice in the film. Well, Padilha has responded.
Either because Meirelles was inaccurate, or because he desperately wants to save face and get the studio off of his back, Padilha spoke recently to a Brazilian newspaper about how great the RoboCop production is in dealing with “problematic” issues, stating (as /Film notes, this is a rough translation) “We deal with those difficulties with coolness and familiarity.”
“I have a script I’m happy with and I got the cast I have picked. The director of photography is Lula Carvalho, my editor is Daniel Rezende (City of God, Elite Squad, The Tree of Life). I was even consulted for the selection of the producers.”
While it’s probably a stretch that he had much input into the selection of producers, perhaps Padilha isn’t in as over his head as it initially seemed—though a RoboCop reboot was, and still remains, kind of pointless.
What do you think of the RoboCop news?