Brazilian to direct Robocop remake

2011-03-02 10:49

LOS ANGELES – Jose Padilha, the director of the violent Brazilian Elite Squad cop movies, is in talks to direct a remake of Robocop.

The 1987 original, directed by Paul Verhoeven, featured a cop who is brought back from the brink of death in the form of a cyborg with no memories of his prior life.

It spawned two sequels.

The remake is a big priority at the newly reconstituted MGM, which met with directors last week.

Others on the list included Robert Rodriguez and David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) – with Padilha emerging a top cop.

No screenwriter is attached yet.

Robocop could act as the Hollywood debut for Padilha, whom the town has been high on since he directed 2007’s Elite Squad, a Berlin Film Festival winner set on the mean streets of Rio de Janeiro.

His 2010 follow-up is the highest-grossing film in Brazil’s box office history, surpassing even Hollywood fare.

It played at Sundance in January but has yet to secure a domestic deal.

Padilha was attached at one stage to direct The Sigma Protocol, an adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel, but has since moved on.

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