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Aronofsky off ROBOCOP remake? Remake officially put on hold?

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 6th, 2010

Ever since we first brought you even the tiniest rumblings of a ROBOCOP remake with Darren Aronofsky at the helm, I've felt skeptical. Not skeptical of Aronofky's ability to produce a mind-blowing vision of the cyborg cop but rather skeptical of this actually coming to fruition. I simply could just never imagining it actually happening. No matter how much I, as well as many of you I'm sure, would want this. The very prospect of it seemed doomed to a fate of mere trivia on the film's IMDb page, forever going down in history as a marriage that would never be.

And, as much as it pains me to say this, my worst fears may now be a reality. It would seem that, for now, the ROBOCOP remake is on hold. The fansite RoboCop Archive recently talked to one of the production companies involved, who in turn explained the reason for the freezin'. "I've spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of ROBOCOP...they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3D movie for the new ROBOCOP. But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he's not interested in gimmicks like 3D, CGI, filming digital. He wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like THE FOUNTAIN.


Aronofsky has been a public opponent to 3D in the past, as he stated while speaking at last year's Edinburgh Film Festival. "Wearing glasses all the time and putting those glasses on top just sucks," said Aronofsky. "It doesn't represent reality better than 35mm cameras - I'm not sold on it." Pair that with MGM's widely known financial troubles and it sounds like there may sadly be some legitimate truth to this unconfirmed rumor. We will surely bring you more news should there be an official word on this situation.

As The Playlist astutely points out, this sounds like history repeating itself, as Aronofsky's once-planned BATMAN film met a similar demise. Here's what the director once had to say about that, "I wasn't interested in fantasy, I was interested in the psychology of a real man dressing in a disguise to pay out real vengeance. The Batmobile was a souped-up Lincoln Continental with a bus engine. It was technical and rusty and extremely violent. They would have never let us have violence."

Alex Murphy meet Bruce Wayne...Bruce meet Alex.

Source The Playlist, via MovieHole, via RoboCop Archive

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