When Hugh Laurie not so silently left the production of the new RoboCop last week, many of us had to wonder if this wasn’t a sign that something was rotten in the state of future Detroit.
Then there’s this: Fernando Mereilles, director of City of God and a friend of RoboCop director José Padilha, was promoting his latest film when, during an interview with a Portuguese news site, and he let it slip that Padilha is maybe not having such a great time on the film. Warning, the following was put through Google Translation, so it might not be Mereilles words exactly:
“I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone,” Mereilles said. “He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. ‘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. “
So given Mereilles proposed ratio of every nine out of ten ideas cut we can either assume that gold like RoboCop basically being a Transformer and the ED-209 being deployed in the Middle East are either two of the ones, or not really Padilha’s ideas to begin with. Now stress from the studio isn’t necessarily bad for a director, for instance George Lucas made the original Star Wars under extreme duress from the studio, but the question is can Padilha make lemonade out of these lemons? And did these negative vibes contribute to Laurie’s decision to jump ship?
Time will tell.