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MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby sledge » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE: MGM has found its Robocop writer. The studio is hiring Josh Zetumer to script the reboot of the 1987 science fiction film about a cop brought back from death and drafted to become a remorseless and ruthless cyborg cop. That plan is subverted when suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him.

MGM recently hired Brazilian director Jose Padilha, helmer of the cop franchise Elite Squad and the documentary Bus 174. Padilha and Zetumer will collaborate closely in reinventing the film. Zetumer seems ready to pop. He first got on the radar when he wrote the script Infiltrator, which made the Black List. That spy thriller script is set at Warner Bros as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. Zetumer also wrote drafts of Dune when Peter Berg was going to direct that remake at Paramount, and he scripted a fourth installment of The Bourne Identity before Universal instead developed a spinoff with Tony Gilroy. Zetumer just turned in Vale, a supernatural action thriller script at Warner Bros.

MGM, back in business under Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum after coming out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has targeted Robocop as the first franchise in its reemergence plan. The project was a high priority for the last regime before its funding was frozen, with Darren Aronofsky planning to direct until he left to helm the Wolverine sequel at 20th Century Fox with Hugh Jackman. The studio also has its half share of The Hobbit, underway with Warner Bros distributing, and MGM is finalizing a distribution deal with Sony Pictures for the next James Bond installment, with Javier Bardem in discussions to play the villain role opposite Daniel Craig.

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Reboot already? Hollywood doing 80's remakes/reboots. Liked the 2 films and the TV series wasn't too bad either.

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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby Linnea » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:43 pm

I thought this sounded like a terrible idea but they've got a really good cast lined up for it and I'm actually starting to get optimistic.
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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby Brian » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:24 am

I don't know.

Robocop was an okay movie, but nothing to base a remake on, IMO. I know it's got a cult following, but still ...

Not saying I didn't enjoy the movie. It just doesn't seem to me to be something that needs to be multigenerational. :)
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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby Linnea » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:03 am

You're too young to remember when it first came out, but believe it our not the special effects were top notch and the movie was considered really original. If they could get half that feeling of awe from the new generation of film viewers, they might be able to pull this off.
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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby Brian » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:53 pm

Linnea wrote:You're too young to remember when it first came out, but believe it our not the special effects were top notch and the movie was considered really original. If they could get half that feeling of awe from the new generation of film viewers, they might be able to pull this off.


Actually, I'm not too young to remember when it first came out. :) I didn't see it in the theater, though. I saw it on HBO.

I kind of liked some of the satirical aspects of the movie, but I'm almost sure that those would be wrecked in a remake. We'll have to see what happens, but I don't think the remake could capture the feel of the original, and the technology aspect isn't going to be that remarkable to people now, I'd guess.
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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby Brian » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:58 pm

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Re: MGM Hires Josh Zetumer To Script 'Robocop' Reboot

Postby sledge » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:24 pm

Yes the news from the robocop film. I saw the original in the 1980's and thought it was top notch with the best visual effects of its time and Peter Weller played the part of Murphy/Robocop quite well. The 2nd film was fine with the violence tone down abit then the 3rd film came which was a flop with a different actor which ended the movie series.

There's been 2 Robocop TV Series which were not bad but didn't have appeal of the first 2 films with the violence completely tone down. the Canadian version is the weakest in the Robocop franchise with only 4 TV Movies.

I hope the remake has some of the original film but will obviously been different with today's visual computer generated effects and acting and would be more violent?
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