Exclusive: Darren Aronofsky Still Hopes To Make 'RoboCop'

by Drew Taylor
November 30, 2010 9:50 AM
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Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," his terrific new psychological thriller set in the world of ballet starring Natalie Portman begins its run into theaters this Friday, December 3rd. It's a dazzling confluence of everything the dynamic filmmaker has created to date -- utilizing the raw Super 16mm look he employed in "The Wrestler," the supernatural elements he displayed in "The Fountain" and the immediate camera movement exerted in "Pi." Portman seems like a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination (rightfully so) and the picture already seems to be deeply impressing most critics (read our review from the Toronto Int. Film Festival).

We sat down with the filmmaker this afternoon to talk about "Black Swan" (which you'll read about more this week) and in the course of our discussion we touched upon a few topics including his two-year deal with 20th Century Fox, as well as some future projects including "Machine Man" (which was a bit random because it's actually set-up at Mandalay which has a first-look deal with Universal, so there's probably little Fox connection as of right now).

The throughline of course is "Machine Man" is being adapted by Mark Heyman, who worked on the script for "Black Swan." Based on Australian writer Max Barry's serialized online story and upcoming book about "a geek who equips himself with high-end parts" and as many sites have noticed, including ourselves, it sounds vaguely like the half-man/half-machine themes that are in "RoboCop," a film that Aronofsky was looking to reboot, until the project fell apart because of MGM's very public financial woes and instability this year that almost did in "The Hobbit."

With "RoboCop" deep-sixed, we asked if "Machine Man" would allow Aronofsky to get his half-machine/half-human ya-yas out and instead the director suggested there might still be hope for the film vaguely based on Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original.

"Well, 'RoboCop' may still happen one day, who knows?" he said optimistically. "It's MGM and hopefully they'll clear their stuff up and I'm still interested. David Self wrote a great script, but the company went under so..." And that was it, but yes, who knows, maybe a flicker of life does still exist for a "RoboCop" remake one day. Stay tuned for more from our interview with Darren Aronofsky this week. "Black Swan," which you should go out of your way to see, hits theaters on Friday in limited release.

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7 Comments

  • Douche | December 6, 2010 12:56 AMReply

    I loved the first RoboCop. It was awesome. The sequels sucked major balls though. So if they re-boot it and look at what made the first brilliant I'm in. Aronofsky has the talent I really hope it happens.

    I'd like to see a Dune re-boot to. It think the Dune world is amazing and has the potential to be a true scifi great but the movie was a abortion. I say do it again and do it right.

  • Sean | December 1, 2010 4:28 AMReply

    Wicked.

    @TheoC Really? Do we really need a reboot of Dune? I'm okay with Lynch's version(s). I think one remake for Aronofsky is all he needs. I rather see him get his Noah project off the ground.

  • kim | December 1, 2010 1:16 AMReply

    Never said it was worse. But its just as unprofessional as Deadline.

    Any filmmaker would say the same thing: “Well, [insert movie title here] may still happen one day, who knows?”

    It would have made more sense just to wait until you post the rest of the interview. It doesn't need its own post. Oh, that's right. I forgot. You guys will do anything to get more hits on this site.

  • TheoC | November 30, 2010 11:56 AMReply

    Give deadline as much crap as they deserve, for too long this story has been a rumour and bordering on hearsay, So THANK YOU for reporting something he actually said, seriously that helps to clarify some of the weekly changes in the on going madness of Aronofsky's name being attached to things. This IS news, sorry other comment folk who generally comment for the sake of pedantry.

    Now can we get him to do Dune?

  • edward Davis | November 30, 2010 11:02 AMReply

    Yr totally right. Hearing from the horse's mouth that he'd like to try and try to get the project off the ground again one day is worse than a name on a piece of paper put their by boardroom members that think actor A would be perfect to "fill all the four quadrants."

    Plus everyone calls their own interviews "exclusives" as a way to illustrate that they are 1:1s and not via press conference or some other lesser form. We don't like that either, it's pretty ghey, but it's unfortunately the way it works these days.

  • kim | November 30, 2010 11:01 AMReply

    Have to agree with Umberger. You guys give deadline crap for posting non-stories and then you pull this shit.

  • Umberger | November 30, 2010 10:42 AMReply

    Um you knock deadlines wish list stories .... Then post this? Exclusive! Aronofsky wants to make movie everyone knows he wants to make

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