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Is Darren Aronofsky’s ROBOCOP remake still a possibility?

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
December 2nd, 2010

With the now-confirmed announcement that Darren Aronofsky will actually be the man behind the camera for the upcoming X-Menreboot THE WOLVERINE, the idea of one of the best American director's working today taking on a remake of ROBOCOP doesn't sound as far-fetched as it did when MGM first announced Aronofsky's involvement.

The original plan was to have the new and improved model of ROBOCOP ready for a 2010 release, but instead we're getting BLACK SWAN - a psychological horror film set in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet that could just wind up netting Aronofsky his first Oscar nomination. Thankfully, though we are to have the brilliance of BLACK SWAN this holiday season, that certainly doesn't mean we don't still want to see Aronofsky's take on Paul Verhoeven's 1987 gory satire, right? So, could it still happen?

Aronofksy told this to The Playlist recently:

"Well, ROBOCOP may still happen one day, who knows? It’s MGM and hopefully they’ll clear their stuff up and I’m still interested. David Self wrote a great script, but the company went under so…"

The question is, will Darren Aronofsky still be interested after going through the big budget red tape of THE WOLVERINE over at Fox? In addition, Aronofsky is already attached to direct MACHINE MAN - a story based on Max Berry's online series revolving around a less than average scientist who becomes part man, part machine after replacing some of his body parts with titanium upgrades of his own design...sound familiar?

Much like THE WRESTLER and BLACK SWAN were originally conceived as a love story between a down-and-out matman and an up-and-coming ballerina, it might be more likely that the two stories eventually dovetail and combine to form the plot outline for a new ROBOCOP entry altogether. Or would that dilute MGM's ROBOCOP property and Max berry's own creation as well?

BLACK SWAN opens in theaters this Friday.

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