Aronofsky Eyes ‘Robocop’ Remake

9 07 2008

Generally, I hate remakes. Mostly because the movies that get remade are the ones that are already good to begin with. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Remake the shitty movies. Anyway, a Robocop remake is in the works and, according to SlashFilm, it’s going to be in 3-D and rated PG-13 (two signs for a sure-fire suckfest). The original Robocop was rated R, and that was after it had been recut to avoid an X rating (nowadays, known as NC-17). It wasn’t a movie to take your kid to on the weekend. Robocop was hardcore. Now, it’s going to be made more “family friendly” and will receive the 3-D treatment. Fantastic.

The only plus I can see for this movie is that Darren Aronofsky is rumored to be directing it. I love Darren Aronofsky, but I’m starting to wonder what’s happening to him. Pi and Requiem were brilliant and The Wrestler and The Fighter are generating a lot of positive buzz, but I can’t see this man directing a watered-down remake of Robocop. Aronofsky is not a sure thing just yet. It’s all rumors at this point, so there’s still hope.

Personally, I’d rather see Michael Bay do it. If the ship’s going down, I’d rather Michael Bay be at the helm.


Marky Mark Bulks Up For Aronofsky’s Boxer Bio Pic

1 07 2008

Mark WahlbergIf there’s one thing Darren Aronofsky is not, it’s conventional. Over the course of his career he has reinvented the art of filmmaking in such films as Requiem for a Dream, with its fast-paced edits, extreme close-ups and use of split-screen, and The Fountain with its gorgeous imagery and multiple storylines spanning thousands of years, each telling the story of someone searching for the key to eternal life. I’ve always found his work to be very visually dynamic and beautiful.

He is currently at work on two films: The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke (as Randy “The Ram” Robinson) and The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg (as “Irish” Mickey Ward) and Matt Damon (as his trainer and half-brother, Dicky). While Aronofsky has almost completed The Wrestler, The Fighter is scheduled to begin shooting in October. Marky Mark has spent the last two years training and bulking up in preparation for his role as the boxing champion.


“Wahlberg tells MTV that, “I’ve been training for two years now. I’m ready. I want to look like a champ, not a chump.” Wahlberg wants it to hold up to Raging Bull, but considering that is the undisputed champion of boxing movies, it’ll be quite hard to even achieve that level of excellence, nor even surpass. However, Wahlberg explains that he’s doing this movie for one man – Micky Ward himself. “I want to do him proud. The guy did everything I wish I could have done. He came from nothing, went on to win the world title with all the odds stacked against him. Did it with his mother and his brother… He’s still in the same town to this day. He’s got a regular job. He knows that I’m going to put it all on the line for him.””

After seeing him portray Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Papale, it doesn’t surprise me that Wahlberg is going to such great lengths for this film. What is interesting to note, however, is that Darren Aronofsky is directing this type of project. Bio pics have sort of become a regular thing in recent years, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Aronofsky does with this genre. Good or bad, it should at least be something we haven’t seen before. I’m willing to bet my car on that.

UPDATE: Apparently, Mark Wahlberg is in talks for a Departed 2 and 3. I know that The Departed was based on the Chinese trilogy, Infernal Affairs, but come on. I seriously think the film industry is run by idiots and money-hungry assholes. More on this when there’s more concrete information.