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MGM Prepares New ROBOCOP Movie With Darren Aronofsky to Direct and David Self to Write

2008-07-24 18:34:00

MGM Prepares New ROBOCOP Movie With Darren Aronofsky to Direct and David Self to Write

    LOS ANGELES, July 24 /EMWNews/ -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM)

has signed Darren Aronofsky to direct and David Self to write a new

installment for its ROBOCOP franchise. Aronofsky, the director of "The

Fountain," and Self, the writer of "Road to Perdition," make a formidable

creative team, fast tracking the ROBOCOP motion picture and spotlighting it

as one of the most anticipated new films for 2010.


    The announcement was made today by Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide

Motion Picture Group, MGM.

    In making the announcement Parent said: "Darren is undeniably one of

the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and David is one of

the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of us at MGM couldn't be more


    Phoenix Pictures' Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David

Thwaites will produce ROBOCOP. Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President

Production at MGM will oversee the project for the studio.

    Phoenix Pictures' Chairman and CEO Mike Medavoy said: "After making the

first ROBOCOP at Orion more than 20 years ago, I'm thrilled to be helping

to return this character to the screen with our partners at MGM and through

the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self."

    Phoenix co-presidents Brad Fischer and David Thwaites added: "With a

filmmaker of Darren Aronofsky's vision and imagination and a writer of

David Self's caliber, we are poised to bring to the screen an entertaining

and provocative film, which will now be under the creative guidance of two

of the best storytellers working in our industry today."

    Aronofsky's credits include "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream" and "The

Fountain." He is completing the feature, "The Wrestler" with Mickey Rourke,

Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. He is repped by CAA and attorney Carlos


    David Self's credits include "13 Days" and "Road To Perdition." He

wrote "God of War" for Universal, to which Brett Ratner is attached to

direct, and was a writer on Universal's "Wolfman" currently in production.

He is represented by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.

    The original ROBOCOP, which premiered in 1987, was "part man, part

machine and all cop." The film's storyline focused on the future of law

enforcement as a terminally wounded cop returns to the police force as a

powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. The original film was

nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Since

the film's debut, ROBOCOP has become one of the most successful titles in

MGM's vast film library. The franchise continues as a worldwide phenomenon,

especially in the U.S., Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. ROBOCOP,

ROBOCOP 2, and ROBOCOP 3 have sold approximately 4.1 million gross DVD

units worldwide.

    About Phoenix Pictures

    Phoenix Pictures was founded by Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer in 1995

and has produced such films as "Zodiac," "Holes," "The Thin Red Line," and

"The People vs. Larry Flynt." The company is currently in production on

"Shanghai," directed by Mikael Halfstrom and starring John Cusack, and in

post-production on "Shutter Island," directed by Martin Scorsese and

starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben

Kingsley. ROBOCOP continues the company's strategy of producing

high-profile event movies with important filmmakers.

    About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is

actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion

pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and

licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of

modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United

Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM

Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co., MGM

International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home

Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media,

MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership

interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM

ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony

Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners

(7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit

CONTACT: Jeff Pryor Executive Vice President/Corporate Communications Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. [email protected]; o. 310-449-3446

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