House to be a possible Dick. Will become Dickhouse.
HOUSE IS CAST IN ROBOCOP REMAKE
The Straw Dogs remake was directed by a hack, the studio hired a hack because they didn't care about the movie.
It's the way MGM has been handling this Robocop remake that leads me to believe they want something special. If they'd hired Breck Eisner or some shit to direct, I'd have written it off already, but Jose Padilha is a pretty formidable and talented director, and they're hiring some stellar actors. This doesn't seem like the total cash grab remake that studios usually make. MGM desperately needs a hit right now, so I can understand why they are using kid gloves with this.
As a rule, I reject remakes outright, unless they hire an interesting filmmaker. They were flirting with Aronofsky for a while, so like I said it leads me to believe they're trying to do something interesting with it, so they have my attention.
Laurie did an alright job with a similar role in Street Kings, but I'm not sure I can really buy him as Dick Jones. It's a level of villainy I've just not seen him pull off yet on screen. With Aronofsky off building his ark, I really don't have any hopes this will be anything other than a waste of time, but I'll keep my fingers crossed this casting turns out OK.
It's both. Same characters (I think), and a slightly different take on the concept.
Isn't that 'slightly different take' just stripping the film of all its allegorical subtext since mainstream films aren't allowed to actually say anything anymore?
Yeah, I was going to note that in the article, that Dick Jones was a Senior Vice President "I'm number two around here." and The Old Man was the CEO. I guess they're ditching him and just going with Laurie being in charge and being the "suit antagonist" as well.
Fun fact, the 'old man', Dan O'Herlihy was in not one, but two scifi eighties classics...
Thanks for reminding me I need to give this a watch again. At least one good came out of this remake.
I already argued this ad naseum months ago...it might have even been with you. That aspect of Robocop is what makes Verhoeven's film work (along with some other touches), but it is by no means the only (or best) way to approach the material. The core idea is solid enough to spin off into something interesting. Whether they achieve something interesting with the remake remains to be seen of course. But potential is there, and considering the handling of the project so far, I'd day they are at least trying. It's still a corporation which creates Robocop, so the corporate "product" thing is still in play, and Padhila is a smart enough talent to milk as much as he can from it.