Jose Padilha Confirms Creative Roadblocks Working With Sony On ‘Robocop’

Jul 20, 2016


Brazilian director Jose Padilha seems to have declared a distaste for the studio system while speaking with Screen Daily (via The Playlist), suggesting that his notorious creative clashes with Sony over the Robocop reboot might have soured his aspirations to make other studio projects in the future.

Screen shot 2016-07-20 at 2.14.50 PMTalk had been going around for years that the production process was “hell” for Padilha and the Sony made things very difficult excluding nine out of ten ideas he would present to them, these new quotes seemingly confirm it.

“I didn’t have the creative freedom I needed. I spent 90% of the time fighting.”

“It made me realize that making a studio movie is not the same as making a film. I will think a million times before getting involved in another production of that size again,” he said. “I got into this Hollywood business thinking that I could make the film I wanted, with my cinema criteria. My mistake.’’

“I’d rather face the reality than make movies about superheroes.’’ 

A nightmare for someone known to have a lot of creative control with his previous projects.

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Sony doesn’t have the best reputation collaborating with directors on tentpole films, so this isn’t that surprising to us. There had been rumblings in the fall that Sony was still considering a sequel, but it looks like Jose won’t have anything to do with it.

However, it is disappointing this experience has soured him on making future big films, we had suggested the director as an excellent replacement for Rupert Wyatt on Gambit before Doug Liman was ultimately hired.


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