Is Jose Padilha facing a tough time during the production of his "RoboCop" remake? Following the news that Hugh Laurie decided to drop his antagonist role in the reboot film, it has been reported that director Padilha was facing difficulties in handling the project and he even called it "hell."
Padilha's close friend Fernando Meirelles, who is also a fellow Brazilian filmmaker, reportedly told South American website Cinemacom Rapadura that the "Elite Squad" helmer "suffered" so much while working on the sci-fi project. Meirelles told the site that his buddy had "the worst experience" with the remake project.
"I talked to Jose Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience," Meirelles said, as translated by Screen Crush. "For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight."
Meirelles went on recalling what Padilha had to say about the project, " 'This is hell here,' he told me. 'The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.' He is bitter, but it's a fighter."
Padilha previously opened up that he wanted to include plenty of aggressive satire in the forthcoming movie. "The satire element of 'RoboCop' is, I think, needed today," he once told The Telegraph.
"That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven't seen done well in movies lately. And it's almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: 'Someone please make some satire now!' So we're going to keep that edge."
However, the film's script was recently slammed by some critics, including HitFix's Drew McWeeny. "It's tough to determine tone on the page, but 'satire' seems low on their list of priorities," he claimed, in addition to complaining about the plot of the remake project.
"RoboCop" is scheduled to open in the U.S. on August 9, 2013. The sci-fier will star the likes of Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley. Clive Owen has reportedly been in talks to replace Laurie as the villain.