Filming is not yet underway but MGM’s “RoboCop” remake hit another spot of bad PR this week with word that “Bus 174” and “Elite Squad” director Jose Padilha is having a tough time getting his vision across.
What’s interesting is that the news is coming from Padilha himself or an anonymous source, rather its from his friend and acclaimed filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”). Meirelles made the comments in a recent interview with Brazilian outlet Cinemacom Rapadura and here’s a rough translation.
“I talked to Jose 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 he’s a fighter” says Meirelles.
The project marks Padilha’s first Hollywood feature and one of MGM’s most valuable catalogue titles which explains why the studio is acting in a fairly draconian manner. The hope is that enough of Padilha’s work will survive the studio notes and orders to at least deliver a workable film.