Brazilian director José Padilha is in negotiations to direct the remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi classic Robocop, reports Deadline.
Set in a crime-ridden futuristic Detroit, the original film told of a mortally wounded law officer becomes part of a corporate experiment in which his remains are encased in a robotic suit and unleashed on the city's felons.
MGM has been developing the remake for several years with Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky ready to call action. Progress on the flick stopped dead due to MGM's financial problems and Aronofsky moved on.
Now with the studio on a new path Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, want the project as its first major franchise re-launch.
I still say we don't need a Robo remake now but the studio needs $
The news comes a week after a group raises $50,000 for RoboCop statue in Detroit