In two short hours on Saturday evening, expectations for Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop plummeted from their already low perch. Film journalist Drew McWeeny got his hands on the script to remake of the 1987 cult classic and tweeted a slew of specific details, most of which are really bad. The new film, which has already begun its viral marketing aimed at a release just under one year from now (August 9, 2013), has an incredible cast lined up including Joel KinnamanGary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugh Laurie, but, if McWeeny is to be believed, the script is a major mess. He tweeted about several of the action set pieces currently scripted, lines of dialogue that reference the original film and some new, spoilery changes, to the character himself.

Read his comments after the jump and also find out details about a potential return (yes, again) to The Amityville Horror franchise as well as a short, sweet video about one of the best action scenes in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. Read More »

Briefly: The remake of RoboCop is a bit like the character RoboCop is at the end of his first movie: it just…keeps…going. The bankruptcy of MGM stopped Darren Aronofsky’s version, but it didn’t stop the remake overall. Now Elite Squad director Jose Padilha is set to direct, and furthermore, RoboCop has a new writer to follow up on the work done by Josh Zetumer.

Nick Schenk, who wrote Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and has also been working on Padilha’s developing Tri-Border project, has been tapped to work on the RoboCop script with Padilha.

This draft will likely have to be finished before the film moves forward. MGM wants to shoot RoboCop this summer, but there is no one cast yet in the lead role, and very likely that decision will have to be made before anyone else is cast around that lead actor. [THR]

Here’s how things work now: if you have an idea, you’d best either keep it to yourself, or just get it made immediately. Otherwise, someone will step in and do it for you. These days, it isn’t just that companies look for idea with proven audience appeal; they look for stories that other filmmakers want to make, which implies some potential audience appeal. So you want to make a Snow White movie? Then we do, too. Oz, Peter Pan, Frankenstein? All fair game. And if a recent Best Director Oscar winner wants to make a film set in the crime-ridden border intersection between, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, then someone else wants to do it, too.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been prepping exactly that movie, The Triple Frontier for a year, but that picture is on hold while they make a film about the hunt to kill Osama Bin Laden. Now Elite Squad director Jose Padilha is going to make Tri-Border, a film that takes place in the same region, with similar subject matter, and Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk is going to write it for him. Read More »