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MGM Moves Forward With RoboCop Reboot, New Poltergeist

After declaring bankruptcy, the MGM lion lay dormant for a while. But with today’s news, it seems the mighty beast might roar again soon.

Variety reports the studio announced its first plans following the financial fallout, which include five new projects and a co-financing deal. The latter comes via Paramount and the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner stars in the film alongside Gemma Arterton as the titular siblings approximately 15 years after their encounter with the Gingerbread House’s magical mistress as children. The film has a May 2, 2012, release date.

Meanwhile, MGM executives listed their priority projects, which include a number of remakes and reboots: RoboCop, Mr. Mom, The Idolmaker. They also plan on proceeding with a new Hercules project — one that sees the mythical hero turning his back on the gods and forming a ruthless army — and a fourth installment to the Poltergeist franchise.


  • Scud

    Was Mr. Mom really that good to get a remake? Seriously? I am all for a RoboCop remake though.

  • G.L.

    You missed out on the other news about how the new peeps at spy glass decided to axe the digital department at “MGM”.

  • Palmer

    Please tell me Darren Aronofsky is still attached to Robocop.

  • Gabriel

    Mr Mom wasn’t nessecarily “good enough” to be remade ( I happen to love it but recongize that is mostly nostalgia), but it’s concept is so absurdly simple and works well within the context of the current economic reality that its a no-brainer for MGM to update.

  • Gregg

    Why is it when MGM want to make a Robocop movie that’s fine, but if people want to make a Robocop statue they’re assholes who hate the poor?

  • demoncat_4

    poltergeist its time has kind of run its course and figured once it some how rose from the ashes mgm would be on the remake trend though would not mind seeing Robocop back on the screen again.

  • kev07

    Is there a dislike button, for the RoboCop reboot? The originals sucked.

    Like for Poltergeist.

  • Wyatt

    2/3’s correct. The sequels sucked. Badly. The original is a great piece of film.

  • Bclewis6593

    I’m fine with a Robo Cop remake as long as it’s as ultra violent as the original. I also like the idea of Hercules reimagined as some kind of villain or at least an anti-hero.

  • Anonymous

    Great to know MGM comes back from the dead just to give us a nightmare and a slew of one night stands.

    Horrible plans.