Rumblings of discontent from RoboCop reboot

News Glen Chapman 29 Aug 2012 - 07:30

It would seem that director Jose Padilha is having a less than pleasant experience with the RoboCop remake...

Ever since Jose Padilha was announced as the director of the RoboCop reboot, we've held out a bit more hope for the film. Furthermore, the cast so far assembled is not to be sniffed at, either. Basically, whether you wanted a new RoboCop film or not, at least there's real quality in front of and behind the camera.

Over the past week or so, however, there have been rumblings that things aren't all well. For starters, there's been a not particularly upbeat dissection of the script. That said, give that we've no idea whether it was the final draft or not, or anything close to the shooting script, there's not that much to be gleamed from that. And now there's a quote attributed to Jose Padilha's good friend, the City Of God director Fernando Meirelles.

Meirelles has been quoted as saying that "I talked to José Padilha last week by phone, he will begin filming RoboCop [but] he is saying that it is the worst experience. For every ten ideas he has, nine are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight [for]".

He continued, saying "‘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 he’s a fighter."

Now, the above has not come direct from the director, but is based on a translation of the original interview. Thus, things can be lost in translation. That said, there's hardly a shortage of examples of a great foreign director being sought by a major Hollywood studio and given little creative freedom to make the film in the manner they're used to. Let's hope that actually isn't the case here...

CinenaCom Rapadura, via ScreenCrush.

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