Long last help is here! Robocop is returning to the force thanks to director Darren Aronofsky and writer David Self. The writer-director of The Fountain and the writer of Road to Perdition have inked deals to develop a brand new, big-budget installment in the hybridized crime fighter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix Pictures' Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites will produce. Although the Lion has not greenlighted the reinvention, it has fast-tracked the new RoboCop for a 2010 release, when the studio plans to roll out its new slate.
"Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral filmmakers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood," said Mary Parent, chairman of MGM's worldwide motion picture group.
The original RoboCop, written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, was directed with camp adroitness by Paul Verhoeven in 1987 and released by Orion Pictures. It focused on a mortally wounded cop in a futuristic, crime-ridden Detroit who returns to fight corruption in the guise of a tough-talking cyborg. Sequels followed in 1990 and 1993, along with TV series and video games. RoboCop retains a sizable fan base online.