Wednesday, January 6, 2010


And now, finally, a little bit of good news from the film world. Since Hollywood has somehow completely run out of ideas (even though there are literally thousands of people writing screenplays and coming up with brilliant ideas, *coughlikemecough*), they've resorted to remaking great older movies.

I'm sure you've seen a few of them already and they probably won't stop any time soon.

There is a little bit of good news on the horizon, though—the remake of Robocop has been officially put on hold.

A number of reasons come in to play here, most notably that parent company MGM is in deep financial trouble. They've been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for months now and two of their biggest projects are suffering a little because of it. The next installment of the James Bond franchise is in question as is a new Hobbit movie. Earlier this week, they said that Bond 23 had been put on hold then the very next day it was announced that Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) would be directing. And The Hobbit is expected to begin a 14-month production schedule this June for a Winter 2011 release.

So, in all reality, no one that's not involved in the actual process really knows what's going on with those. If the cameras start rolling, I'll get excited. Not for The Hobbit, though. I saw all three Lord Of The Rings movies once each, so I think I'm good. I don't need another one. A Mendes Bond film, though? Sold.

But that's not what I was talking about. Back to Robocop.

Apparently Mary Parent, the Chairperson of MGM wants the new Robocop to be 3-D. The director, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with "gimmick effects."

Who is attached to direct? Darren Aronofsky. You may remember him from such films as Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain and The Wrestler. That was the only upside to a Robocop remake for me. Love those movies or hate them, an Aronofsky Robocop picture would be something to see. But if those two can't work something out, and it kills the project entirely? I'll be just fine kicking back with the original Verhoeven version.

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