ROBOCOP Reboot Director Wants Michael Fassbender for Title Role
Published: September 24, 2011 - 8:50am
Though it was recently rumored MGM was scouting several popular actors for the lead role of the Detroit police officer who was resurrected as a cybernetic enforcer of the law, Robocop director José Padilha has another name in mind.
In a dystopic & crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. His directives are clear: serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. He is Robocop.
Robocop and his human counterpart Officer Alex J. Murphy, portrayed in the 1987 film by Peter Weller, will be brought back to the silver screen with director José Padilha, best known for his Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) action film series. Josh Zetumer (Quantum of Solace, Untitled 4th Entry to the Bourne franchise) has written the script, and many popular actors including Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves have been unofficially linked to the project.
During a recent interview, Padilha shared his vision of the film and how it would differ from the cult classic 80's version:
"I will not repeat what [Paul] Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think."
The director went on to say that he would like to see Prometheus and X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender in the film's title role, though there is no word whether the studio will officially pursue him.