Friday, July 25, 2008

Aronofsky on RoboCop IV

Here's something: Darren Aronofsky, director of Pi and Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain (also co-screenwriter of the submarine thriller Below, which I watched a while ago but probably haven't gotten around to reviewing in a DVD 2008 post yet) will direct a new RoboCop movie.

The original film, released in 1987, was directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who both went on to do pretty much nothing of interest. (Okay, so Neumeier wrote the Starship Troopers adaptation, also directed by Verhoeven, but that's pretty much it.) The sequels were written by Freaky Frank Miller, which is fitting considering I re-watched all the movies recently and realized that the first one seems very influenced by Miller's 1986 Batman graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns (and some other stuff, like Judge Dredd. Here's a picture of the Judge and a friend:

). Nevertheless, the first sequel sucked hard, and the next one even harder, and Miller swore off Hollywood until Robert Rodriguez tricked him into making Sin City. Sin City is, of course, most famous as a film Carla Gugino appeared in. My next SUPERBLOG!! post will be about Carla Gugino.

Yeah, that's what I had to say about RoboCop. The image at the top is from the comics adaptation of Miller's original screenplay. It's not very good either, but at least it's better than the movies.

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