Hugh Laurie taking a pass on the villain role in Jose Padilhaâ€™s Robocop may have been a sign of things to come. Apparently things arenâ€™t looking good for the upcoming remake, and filming hasnâ€™t even started yet. The rift is between Padilha and MGM. Studio heads and directors butting heads isn’t anything new really. But things have gotten so bad that Padilha talked about his problems to his colleague and Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles about the developmental problems that are occurring before production begins next September.
ScreenCrush found a translated interview made by Cinemacom Rapadura. According to the report, the studio is getting in the way of Padilhaâ€™s vision for the film. Not so surprising since a studio gives their input on what they would like to see in a film that they will fund and distribute. But things are so bad between Padilha and MGM that Padilha canâ€™t even get around to putting his ideas in the film.
Remember this isnâ€™t coming from Padilha himself, so the aforementioned quote by may be a bit exaggerated since Meirelles isnâ€™t making the movie. Then there is the lost in translation factor. So all of this could just be a misunderstanding.
But if this is true, itâ€™s hard to see Padhila leaving as director since we are already seeing a bit of his work in a viral marketing campaign for OmniCorpsâ€™ latest tech. Weâ€™ll see if things continue to be as turbulent in the weeks leading up to filming.