Director José Padilha appeared on Brazillian TV channel Globo 1 to discuss Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within and talk turned to his upcoming remake of RoboCop. Thanks to Bleeding Cool, here is a translation of what he said about his plans as well as his mention of Michael Fassbender ( X-Men: First Class, Inglourious Basterds) for the role:
I’ll film Robocop. I’m indeed writing the script, the writer is here with me in Rio, we’ve spent over the last 15 days working together, refining the script.
I’ll be traveling this friday back to LA, bringing this new version to discuss with the studio, and maybe begin with the casting, selecting actors… and the idea is to begin filming in February February or March. That’s the idea, y’know, we never know in the american movie industry. We’re just delivering the project, but also we depend on the schedule of the actors… it’s tough.
I can’t talk yet, it’s too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I’d like to talk to him – I’ll talk to him. There’s a possibility… and there’s a lot of other great actors that would play RoboCop. But that’s the idea, to film around January, February, March.
Padilha also confirmed that the film would be set in Detroit, as in Paul Verhoeven’s original.
The interview is available on Globo 1’s site here.
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