MICHAEL KEATON IS THE NEW HEAD OF OMNICORP IN ‘ROBOCOP’ REMAKE
According to Fernando Meirelles, director of City of God, the MGM suits are making his good friend José Padilha’s life a living hell on the Robocop remake (studio heads trying to stifle a director’s vision? Unprecendented!):
This production has already gone through a number of “Hey, the universe doesn’t want this shitty remake, so please stop” setbacks, like HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny getting his hands on the screenplay and publicly evicerating it, and Hugh Laurie dropping out of the lead villain role. However, Variety is reporting some good news for Padilha and his troubled film — Michael Keaton, veteran actor and star of numerous genre classics like Batman, Batman Returns, and Beetlejuice — has signed on to play the President of the corrupt Omnicorp.
Keaton hasn’t done much since 1996′s Jackie Brown (his most notable IMDb credit in recent years is the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3), so this could be the high-profile role he needs to re-establish himself as an upper-echelon actor. He’s always had a touch of crazy to him, so it might be nice to see him play a malevolent corporate scumbag and let his scenery-chewing flag fly high and proud. Speaking of scenery-chewing, did they not give Nicolas Cage a call to offer him this part? Intriguing…