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I must admit I’m happy that MGM is moving quickly with its plans to sequalize/re-boot its ROBOCOP franchise as they have announced that director Darren Aronofsky ( The Fountain) has been officially signed on to helm the project and David Self (Road to Perdition) will pen the script. Personally, I think there’s a ton of potential in the Robocop franchise as the original, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was a thought provoking and extremely well made piece that was easily one of the very best genre films of the 80’s. It also featured his trademark over-the-top violence, which added to the movies staying power long after you viewed it. I hope Aronofsky can do the materiel the justice it deserves, although he’s certainly an unproven commodity when it comes to big budget movie territory and certainly not a sure thing as far as storytelling ability is concerned. I have to say, other than a handfull of people in the business right now like Chris Nolan, Sam Raimi , James Cameron and maybe a few others, you just don’t know if many of these upcoming directors that many like to label as Visionary, can tell a compelling story to match there unique visual talents. At this point I’ll give Aronofsky the benefit of the doubt and hope he delivers something special. MGM hopes to have the film in theaters for a 2010 release.

Interesting piece in Variety today about Leonardo Dicaprio’s production company Appian Way and Warner Bros being in the early stages of bringing the classic Rod Serling  60’s television show THE TWILIGHT ZONE to the big screen. Warner produced a feature Twilight Zone movie back n 1983 with four directors; Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller and John Landis all directing one installment each. Three of those were based on classic episodes while the Landis entry was an original story. While Dantes and Millers entries faired the best, the movie was mostly remembered for causing the death of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors who were killed in a tragic accident while filming a scene involving a helicopter. Morrow’s overall segment was left in the finished movie which continues to be an eerie watch to this day. Variety reports that the plan is to do one feature length movie based on a single idea. I have always believed Rod Serling was one of entertainment’s greatest talents. He was not only a visionary, but a thought provoking storyteller who’s influence continues today with all of M. Night Shylaman’s films and LOST which I believe is the best television program on the airwaves today. I am certainly looking forward to see how this progresses.


July 25, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , , ,

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