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José Padilha Laments ‘RoboCop’ Remake, Says ‘I Didn’t Have The Creative Freedom I Needed’

"I spent 90% of the time fighting," says Padilha. "It made me realize that making a studio movie is not the same as making a film."



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Brazilian director and producer José Padilha keeps himself busy nowadays with many film and TV projects after his big Hollywood break with a modern remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film “RoboCop.” Released in 2014, the film was a commercial success but garnered mostly mixed to negative reviews. Now in an interview with ScreenDaily, Padilha admits that making “RoboCop” was a “stressful experience.” “I didn’t have the creative freedom I needed,” says Padilha. “I spent 90% of the time fighting. It made me realize that making a studio movie is not the same as making a film.” Padilha also says that he would “think a million times before getting involved in another production of that size again,” and that he’d “rather face the reality than make movies about superheroes.”

READ MORE: Review: ‘RoboCop’ Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton & More

Padilha previously directed the crime drama “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” both of which shined a light on police brutality in Brazil. The films’ success put Padilha’s life in danger when he was the target of an armed break-in, which the cops in Rio suspect was a reaction to the film.

He is currently the executive producer of the Netflix series “Narcos” and is set to direct “Jet Wash,” a six-episode series for Netflix about Operation Car Wash, an investigation by the Federal Police of Brazil into Petrobras, the country’s state-run oil company. Plus, he will also direct a Showtime series about prison gangs in the ’60s and ’70s as well as a film called “Entebbe,” which dramatizes the events 1976 hijack of an Air France airliner.

READ MORE: 10 Reasons Why The Original ‘RoboCop’ Can’t Be Beaten By The Remake

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