After years of money woes and mismanagement issues, MGM aren’t the most well-liked studio around. So you’d think they’d want to not act like total dicks their whole lives. Apparantly Jose Padilha is getting a lot of pushback from the studio while trying to tell a story about a cop who is also a robot.
Padilha’s close friend and fellow Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (‘City of God,’ ’360′) spoke recently to South American web site Cinemacom Rapadura and revealed some details from conversations he’s had with Padilha about the ‘RoboCop’ reboot:
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. “This is hell here,” he told me. “The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.” He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.
Now keep in mind two things. 1) These are not direct quotes from Padilha, but quotes relayed by a friend. 2) The article was written in Portuguese and the quotes were translated into English. That said, even if the words to match perfectly, the sentiment is most definitely there. Jose Padilha is having a tough time. [ScreenCrush]
It sucks that this has been such a hard process for both the studio and Padilha. I’m sure all parties have the best of intentions and merely want to bring robotic copping to the screen in the best way possible.