Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More Cop Talk

As you already know if you read this site regularly I'm a pretty big fan of the original RoboCop flick from '87, which is why I've been both cautious and optimistic about MGM's plans to reinvent the property for the big screen. That door has definitely swung much more in the direction of "optimistic" the more I've read about the approach director José Padilha plans/hopes to take with the material. Thanks to a lengthy new interview with Crave Online he once again has me feeling very good about this project's potential chances of cutting through the usual Hollywood noise to become something very interesting. Click past the jump to check out some of the Robo-centric highlights from their conversation:

What are you going to do with a studio budget on ‘Robocop?’
Spend it. [Laughs] Listen, I always try to make the best film I can. If I can have one year to shoot a film, I want one year to shoot a film. If it’s not possible, I’ll try to make as best as I can in the timeframe that I have. I don’t know exactly, because I’ve never done a movie with a huge budget, but I do know that the producers in this film, the studio are filmmakers. It’s the people from Spyglass, Jon Glickman, Roger [Birnbaum] and Adam [Rosenberg]. They make films. They are not only studio execs. They are producers too. So they know how to make a film and it’s very good for me because it’s pragmatic. Once you give me the budget, whatever the budget is, the most important thing to me is that the money spent goes towards the screen. That’s what counts. If I have a beautiful five star trailer, that doesn’t change anything on the screen. It’s better to have more film, more footage, more takes. It’s that that concerns me and the guys that are making Robocop are very wise this way so it’s cool. 
It’s interesting you say different period of time. I got the impression from Aronofsky’s take that he was leaning towards modern day and the devices that make us cyborgs now. 
Well, some things are constant. A lot of what was great about Robocop, the original one, had to do with the ‘80s. That kind of style of shooting, for one thing, when Robocop was released there was no movie like Robocop. If we do Robocop again, there is at least one. The original 'Robocop' was very much about the corporations of the ‘80s. 
Would your take be able to address today’s problems like the banks and mortgage lenders? 
[Laughs] Listen, there are the constants and the variables in this world, right? Some things change and some things never change. Corporations controlling people are a constant. It’s the banks now, it’s going to be something else 30 years from now. It was something else before. This is the way economics works. So we’re not making a film about mortgage, that I can tell you. 
Will you stick around for ‘Robocop 2 and 3’ to make sure they don’t suck? 
That’s funny. Let’s do one first, then we’ll talk about two.
Check out the full interview here.

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