Jose Padilha has massive plans for his remake of the 1980s cult classic RoboCop.
The 44-year-old Brazilian director says the film will not only be jam-packed with action scenes, but also offer aggresive social satirical commentary.
“The satire element of RoboCop is, I think, needed today,” he explained in an interview with The Telegraph. “That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven’t seen done well in movies lately. And it’s almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: ‘Someone please make some satire now!’ So we’re going to keep that edge.”
Padilha, best known for directing Elite Squad director admitted he isn’t too worried the satire will be misunderstood.
“I just don’t think about it. If people want to misunderstand it, it’s their problem,” he said. “This is something that happened with films throughout history. Elite Squad became one of those. Taxi Driver is famous for that kind of misunderstanding.”
“But, as a filmmaker, I don’t feel like constraining artistic expression by second guessing an audience,” Padilha continued. “I have to be clear with myself and very conscious of what I am trying to say. Misunderstandings will always take place: it’s unavoidable.”
RoboCop, released in 1987, follows a police offiver brought back from the brink of death in the form of a cyborg with no memories of his prior life.
No word on who will play the lead, although Padilha has hinted he’d love to audition the hot-right-now actor Michael Fassbender, who recently appeared in X-Men: First Class and Shame.
Filming on the project is set to begin in Detroit, Michigan in early 2012.