Brazilian filmmaker to direct "Robocop" remake

Tue Mar 1, 2011 10:14pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jose Padilha, the director of the violent Brazilian "Elite Squad" cop movies, is in talks to direct a remake of "Robocop."

The 1987 original, directed by Paul Verhoeven, featured a cop who is brought back from the brink of death in the form of a cyborg with no memories of his prior life. It spawned two sequels.

The remake is a big priority at the newly reconstituted MGM, which met with directors last week. Others on the list included Robert Rodriguez and David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") -- with Padilha emerging a top cop. No screenwriter is attached yet.

"Robocop" could act as the Hollywood debut for Padilha, whom the town has been high on since he directed 2007's "Elite Squad," a Berlin Film Festival winner set on the mean streets of Rio de Janeiro. The film was distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co. His 2010 follow-up is the highest-grossing film in Brazil's box office history, surpassing even Hollywood fare. It played at Sundance in January but has yet to secure a domestic deal.

Padilha was attached at one stage to direct "The Sigma Protocol," an adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel, but has since moved on.