Director Jose Padilha Says He Will Not Repeat Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP

Director Jose Padilha Says He Will Not Repeat Paul Verhoeven's <i>ROBOCOP</i>

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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29 Comments
95 - 9/20/2011, 8:52 PM
And with that, this guy gets a +1 from me.
ClosetNerd - 9/20/2011, 8:55 PM
Sounds about as good as the conan reboot. Stfu with spewing political opinion in movies. All you'll do is alienate half the audience.
DeathGambit - 9/20/2011, 8:57 PM
i know he wasn't going to copy Robocop from beginning to end......was he?
RyanLantern77 - 9/20/2011, 9:09 PM
gotta go with grif on this one
bellEND - 9/20/2011, 9:10 PM
@ClosetNerd

You're like one of those dumb nerds hey
wavehunter - 9/20/2011, 9:16 PM
The original was great. The way this guy is talking the remake will suck. WTF is it with filmmakers needing to have a message? Just make a good movie with great character developement! Leave the political messages on your twitter account!
ClosetNerd - 9/20/2011, 9:16 PM
@bellEND ...good one
ClarkFarley2012 - 9/20/2011, 9:17 PM
I'd like to see another Robocop. Make it happen.
bellEND - 9/20/2011, 9:30 PM
@ClosetNerd

You are kinda dense though.. No one said the new RoboCop was going to be political, just calm down alright.
Lozzy - 9/20/2011, 9:45 PM
I cant picture a Robocop reboot turning out good.
FireKnightRises - 9/20/2011, 9:47 PM
@DannyRand401
agreed man, current film right now just simple bad guys vs good guys for all ages
Frankie312 - 9/20/2011, 10:44 PM
this is one of those movies wer i actually dont mind them remaking because i love robocop & id like to see an updated version hopefully they do it right
ROMACK - 9/21/2011, 12:11 AM
@Closetnerd- The original Robocop was very much a political satire on how corporate America is running things. It was pretty much the real antagonist of the Robocop trilogy.
spiderneil - 9/21/2011, 12:12 AM
robocop is a near perfect movie, so why bother remaking it?
Ichaos - 9/21/2011, 3:32 AM
By default a reboot is repeating whats already been done but usually the reboot is worse
Ichaos - 9/21/2011, 3:35 AM
The original holds up just fine and the corporations running the government is more relevant now than then. Just watch the original again and make something else. The fright Night remake was weak I expect this one will be as well
VictorHugo - 9/21/2011, 4:09 AM
Cripes, just make another SEQUEL, let it be another cyborg cop, dang it! Stop with the crappy remakes, just bring sequels.

Bandrews1 - 9/21/2011, 5:21 AM
As much as I hate remakes, I actually don't mind seeing an updated Robocop movie.
DetBullock - 9/21/2011, 5:42 AM
They should do it only to have an excuse to make a new Robocop Blu ray with a better transfer/master.
Seven23 - 9/21/2011, 6:24 AM
This guy is gonna [frick] up everything in this movie !!!!!
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/21/2011, 6:28 AM
DannyRand401 & ROMACK@ Couldnt agree more

I´ve only seen the first Elite Squad but judging by that film i think Padilha is a very good filmmaker who could make a great Robocop film.

Even it is a unneccesary remake!
Fogs - 9/21/2011, 6:49 AM
I need to watch Elite squad 1 & 2 again. Good movies.

I don't like reboots as well, but I'm actually curious on how this NEW Robocop can turn out to be.

BTW, this is the translation of that elite squad 2 trailer:

V.O.
- To certain people war is the cure.
War works as an exhaust valve.
To me it was always like that, partner.

- BOPE is a fundamental part of our public security policy.

V.O.
After I came to the security secretariat, BOPE had 16 tactic teams.

- SKULL!

V.O.
Now, we operate with armoreds, choppers.
I turned BOPE into a war machine.
I broke the drug traffic in Rio de Janeiro.
And the war machine I've helped to create changed the history of this city.

- The weapons aren't there, the operation is wrong!
- Shit went down in BANGU I.

- André, let the patrol in position but don't do anything until I say so, understand?

- Hey man, you've fed the pig now we're gonna bake it. Bring the pillow!

- If I don't come in, colonel, there's gonna be a carnage inside.
- Carnage already started, partner. I don't want to take your body outta there.
- Colonel, I want you to understand is that my entrance was authorized by your boss. I'm going in.

V.O.
- But I took too long to realize who were my true enemies.
And in a war this may be fatal.

- you can't touch a Skull, man. Those are my orders.

V.O.
The truth is that my war against the system was just beginning...
And this time it would be personal.

- Let me take this responsibility alone.
- Responsibility is mine. Command is mine.
GUNSMITH - 9/21/2011, 7:28 AM


PROBABLY ALOT OF DIE HARD ROBOCOP FANS OUT THERE ME BEING ONE OF THEM, TRUTH IS WELLER MADE ROBOCOP AND IF THEYRE GOING TO DO A RE-ENVISION THEN THATS ACTUALLY THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY GO, YOU TRY TO DO IT LIKE THE ROBOCOP WE KNOW AND LOVE AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET SHOT DOWN AND COMPARED..SO YEAH GO DO IT, BUT GIVE US SOMETHING FRESH AND NEW, JUST DON'T STRAY TO FAR FROM THE MAIN THEME.


RacerREX - 9/21/2011, 8:39 AM
Translated by Google

Stop-motion effect very bad were in Robocop. Remake with modern fx berry, berry good will be. You who doubt will see. You will be much happy when go in cinema for to see Robocop! I am zebra in my pants in waiting this for!
westodds - 9/21/2011, 9:50 AM
If this film gets too emotional, it will turn into T2.
LucasMend - 9/21/2011, 9:55 AM
I haven't watched Elite Squad yet, but I am sure he can do a great film like Robocop, Elite Squad is a very loved film over here, mainly the second one, and for what people say the best brazilian movie ever, so let's see.
And glad to help you with the translation @nailbiter111 :)
RacerREX - 9/21/2011, 10:42 AM
@ Gusto,

And don't forget Micheal Moore!
comicb00kguy - 9/21/2011, 4:00 PM
Grif: My sentiments exactly! The original is among my favorite movies of all-time.

I have no quarrel with a sequel- it can't be any worse than the previous ones- but a remake or re-whatever is completely unneeded.
HellScorpion - 9/22/2011, 8:22 PM
They should just remake or overwrite the third. Piece of shit. And no killing off Anne Lewis. Or Murphy.

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