Director Jose Padilha Says He Will Not Repeat Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP
The Brazilian director recently gave an interview to a Dutch entertainment website, film1, and he discusses which issues his Robocop will tackle.
Translated by google
Earlier this year, you announced that the reboot of RoboCop will direct. The original from 1987, directed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven , with that movie made its debut in Hollywood. How will your vision differ from those of Verhoeven?
I love the sharpness and political tone of RoboCop , and I think that such a film is now urgently needed. But I will not repeat what Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.
RoboCop is your first movie in America. Like the political apparatus of Rio de Janeiro, the Hollywood film industry, a system in which not everyone thrives. What is your strategy to survive in Hollywood?
I try to make movies that I like, that I feel and I deal with social problems involved. I will continue to do where I work. If I can develop in Hollywood, then I make a movie with all the means Hollywood. If that fails, then that movie is not. It is that simple!
Jose also had some more good news recently, his box office hit Elite Squad 2 will be representing Brazil at the Oscars. His movie which takes on issues of corruption and multiple levels of government has been given the honor of competing in the best foreign film category. Looks like the producers might have an oscar winning director working on their reboot when all is said and done.
Another tidbit in the news is that the main actor from Elite Squad 2, Wagner Moura is very interested in a role in Robocop, but doesn't think he'll get one. He just recently has been filming Neil Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 with Matt Damon. He'll be playing the main villain, which is pretty exciting for his debut in American cinema.
The article below is translated by CBM's own Lucaxmen.
Asked if he would accept to join the Robocop project with his colleague (Jose Padilha), Moura says he wouldn't hesitate. "I love working with Padilha, I will join him if he invites me. I don't think that there is going to be a character for me at this movie at all, but if he wants to work with me again..." - courtesy of progresso.com.br
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