RoboCop Remake Director Addresses Negative Rumors

By Brent McKnight | Published

A few weeks ago it was widely reported that Jose Padihla, the director of MGM’s RoboCop remake, was unhappy on the project. In fact, a friend, City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles, let it slip that Padhila had said working on the reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic was “hell.” As it turns out, those claims may have been a bit overstated.

Quotes like that should always be taken with a grain of salt, and when Padilha spoke to a Brazilian newspaper he said:

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.

When asked about some of the much-publicized issues about RoboCop, which hasn’t yet started filming, Padilha went on to say, “We deal with those difficulties with coolness and familiarity.” Some of these troubles include the loss of actor Hugh Laurie (House), who was supposed to play the primary villain (he was subsequently replaced by Michael Keaton), and a very public evisceration of the script.

So what do you think? Is this Padilha trying to cover his own ass with the studio? This is his first big-budget production, after all. Or do you think he was legitimately misquoted? My theory was, and still is, that he probably said what was reported, or something similar, but that it was taken way out of context. He was likely venting about work. Who out there doesn’t need to rant about our day jobs from time to time? I certainly do, but the difference is that no one cares when one of us does it. And in the end, does it really matter?

RoboCop is scheduled for release in August 2013.