In my long list of unnecessary sequels, RoboCop has a place close to the top. The original 1987 Peter Weller vehicle was just fine thank-you-very-much, and I just don’t see why we need to go back to the dry well hoping to find water.
That said, I am a bit more interested now that director José Padilha has commented that he would like Michael Fassbender to play the title role.
Bleeding Cool.com was nice enough to translate a Brazilian television appearance by Padilha and has posted the following:
"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 travelling 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."