The Star Trek actor is reportedly MGM's top choice to step inside the metal suit for this cyborg remake.
Jose Padilha will direct this MGM reboot about a Detroit cop who is resurrected as a cybernetic crime fighter.
The director says the team is already working on a screenplay for the reboot.
Josh Zetumer will write the script for MGM's reboot of the 1987 classic about a cop who is half man and half robot.
MGM hires a writer to starting penning the new script.
Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct this reboot about a Detroit cop who becomes a cyborg crime-fighter.
The studio announces its first post-bankruptcy slate with a slew of remakes, including The Idolmaker and Hercules.
Though the planned remake disappeared after MGM's financial troubles, the Black Swan director still wants to make it happen.