Saturday, May 2, 2009

This better be in the Robocop reboot

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Darren Aronofsky of The Wrestler, Pi, The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream fame is attached to direct the Robocop reboot. Not sure if he's gonna do it, but I respect the guy's eye for visuals and his drive to tell a story the way he wants. He's an auteur, as they say. Can he do the Nolan, and jump from arty to blockbuster? Let's hope so.
The original Robocop is the ultimate '80s satire, America seen through over the top Paul Verhoeven's eyes. It needs someone like Aronofsky directing it. In the original the cops drove flat black Ford Taurus sedans while the baddies drove the immense gas-guzzling 9000 SUX, a Thunderbird with a lot of fake body panels. But there's a concept cop car out called the Carbon E7 that looks perfect for the movie:
It's a cool concept that appeals to the car nerd in me. It has "suicide doors," meaning the back doors open in reverse. Look at the door handles. The lights are built inso they can't be easily busted up or removed. It looks like it's from a movie, so why not put it in one?
Since Detroit is once again a terrifying hell-hole, a Robocop reboot is not only inevitable but fitting. The effects, if done by the Iron Man folks, might actually be a worthy update. I love the original and it will always stand on its own, but if Aronofsky has the balls to make a biting satire of modern America the way Verhoeven did, we may have two classic Robocops to watch. And Peter Weller and Kurtwood Smith (Clarence Boddicker) better get cameos!

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