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‘RoboCop’ Director Jose Padilha Set To Direct True Crime Thriller ‘The Brotherhood’ For Warner Bros.

'RoboCop' Director Jose Padilha Set To Direct True Crime Thriller 'The Brotherhood' For Warner Bros.

Early word was that Jose Padilha, the Brazilian filmmaker whose unbelievably intense “Elite Squad” films had cinema-goers chewing off their fingernails the world over, had kind of a rough time on his big budget remake of “RoboCop” for MGM. Of course reports varied, but it seems the experience on that $100 million film wasn’t too painfully awful, since he has signed on for another American project, and this time it’s a true crime story called “The Brotherhood” for Warner Bros.

The project is based on the book “The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia,” a nonfiction saga written by Guy Lawson and William Oldham. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the book concerns two very corrupt cops, each working for a different crime syndicate, who would sabotage cases, steal or destroy evidence, and even murder for their respective gangster overlords. Bill Dubuque, who also had a hand in Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge” (also at Warner Bros.), adapted the script.

This project is right up Padilha’s alley; the “Elite Squad” movies were filled with cops and corruption, violence, and daring (though occasionally misguided) feats of heroism. Few American movies, even those released post-‘Bourne,’ could capture the kind of unrelenting chaos and intensity of the two “Elite Squad” squads which also, like “The Brotherhood,” featured a whole host of colorful characters and scenarios.

“RoboCop” doesn’t come out until February 7, 2014, but we would bet there’ll be a flashy trailer that debuts sometime this summer. No timetable has been set for “The Brotherhood.”

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