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Neill Blomkamps..... ROBOCOP!

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I've not seen Blomkamps' recent shorts to know if any have a similarity with the dystopian Detroit of Robocop, and given his three films are set in Johannesburg I'm guessing no? That's my only hope; that visually he retains his instincts but moves away from South Africa. Which..maybe everyone expects him to. I want 70% of it to be shot at night, on film, dryly, steadily. I want 80s looking punks, alleyways littered with rubbish, everything to have a lived-in grit and griminess to it. 

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13 minutes ago, Loik V credern said:

I've not seen Blomkamps' recent shorts to know if any have a similarity with the dystopian Detroit of Robocop, and given his three films are set in Johannesburg I'm guessing no? That's my only hope; that visually he retains his instincts but moves away from South Africa. Which..maybe everyone expects him to. I want 70% of it to be shot at night, on film, dryly, steadily. I want 80s looking punks, alleyways littered with rubbish, everything to have a lived-in grit and griminess to it. 

 

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None of his Oats Studios stuff would give you any clue about how a RoboCop film would look in his hands, one is set in some variant of the Middle East/generic hellscape and the other two are set in some industrial complex and some stand-in for 70s Vietnam. As Verhoeven mentioned, 80s Dallas was the location chosen to realise the vision at that time, so the question should be what place now bears any similarity to how 80s Dallas looked as that has probably changed a whole lot since then.

 

Given the storyline from the original, and this supposedly being a direct sequel, would Detroit even be in as bad a state anyway? The plot was partly about corruption and the planned building of Delta City which would have gotten rid of most of the crap parts of Detroit anyway, sounds more like something out of Cyberpunk 2020 :D

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3 hours ago, ucci said:

The story that the film maker Jose Padilha tells about making the film made him sound like a puppet artist, Elite de Tropa were classic action films and Im not sure he was able to take the film where he wanted. 

 

 

Correct, he hated the production .

 

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With Hugh Laurie dropping out of the villain role in the “RoboCop” remake last week, was it actually a sign of a troubled production? Because according to director Jose Padilha‘s pal Fernando Meirelles, working on the flim is “hell.”

Even though cameras haven’t started rolling on the movie, with lensing to begin in September, Padilha has already expressed some grave concerns about his first Hollywood experience, which unfortunately, sounds like a very familiar story. “I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming ‘Robocop.’ He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight,” Meirelles told South American web site Cinemacom Rapadura (via ScreenCrush).

 

 

he's not worked in Hollywood since.

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On 17/07/2018 at 16:51, Down by Law said:

 

Correct, he hated the production .

 

 

he's not worked in Hollywood since.

 

Padilha mentioned he was offered plenty of Hollywood work after this came out, comic book and other populist fare but he turned them all down due to his experience working on RoboCop and how stymied you are working for the man.

 

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Padilha is still coming to terms with the “stressful experience” of directing RoboCop (2014), his updated version of the hit cyborg crimefighter film originally directed by Paul Verhoeven in 1987.

 

“I didn’t have the creative freedom I needed. I spent 90% of the time fighting,” he says, adding that he turned down several offers of action and superhero films after his Hollywood directorial debut.

 

It made me realise that making a studio movie is not the same as making a film. I will think a million times before getting involved in another production of that size again.”

 

However, the genearlly savvy Padilha admits that perhaps he should have known better.

 

“I got into this Hollywood business thinking that I could make the film I wanted, with my cinema criteria. My mistake.’’

 

 

https://www.screendaily.com/news/production/jos-padilha-talks-netflix-series-entebbe-and-hollywood/5106871.article#.V49U3P-0i2g.twitter

 

 

Maybe the original film was basically a fluke as it had a low budget so Paul Verhoeven got to make the film he wanted to make with minimal studio interference, that's certainly what Alex Garland has said on the subject. If you want to have creative freedom, make a film for fuckall money and they'll leave you alone to get on with it.

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