MGM is negotiating with Brazilian director Jose Padilha to direct Robocop, the remake of the futuristic 1987 film originally helmed by Paul Verhoeven. The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. Peter Weller played the character in the original him in the original and the 1990 sequel.
This is another franchise that I was able to even enjoy further with the animated cartoon that may detest some, but delighted me in me my adolescence so I have a nostalgic fondness for the character and franchise. I welcome the idea of returning to Robocop but I have to admit that the appeal of the character may be lost in today’s society unless proper planning is in place.
This could be a great opportunity to return the franchise, and the city it’s based in, into the spotlight and kick start a whole new series of films… or this could finally close the metal coffin for good and bring finality to the story of Alexander James Murphy.