By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
Since they've been teetering on the edge of collapse for some time now, MGM has decided that what they really need is a new franchise, preferably one that's already been done before and therefore is practically guaranteed an audience. Enter "Robocop."
That's right, the cyborg cop that Paul Verhoeven introduced to the world in 1987 and who is now possibly getting his very own statue in Detroit, may now be returning to theaters, according to Deadline. MGM is already in talks with Brazilian director Jose Padilha, who is a relatively unknown quantity stateside but his Elite Squad films have been huge successes in Brazil with the latest, Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, grossing more than $60 million in his home country.
This is by no means the first time Robocop has come close to having a comeback. Back before MGM declared bankruptcy, Darren Aronofksy was attached to the franchise and had made some progress on it before MGM put a halt on all of their productions until they could restructure their finances. Aronofsky then left the film to work on X-Men split-off The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman.
So far, no casting possibilities have been announced but considering that whoever plays Robocop will have to deal with their face being covered up for pretty much the entire film, it's likely the role will go to a relative unknown. Or they could just call Peter Weller back up again. He pretty much looked like a cyborg already when he was on "Dexter" last season.