Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Detroit Gets a Robocop. Should Preston, Idaho Get a Napoleon Dynamite?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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Big news in the robo-reboot camp.

Virtually unknown screenwriter Josh Zetumer has been hired to pen a reboot of the late-80s cyberpunk noir classic Robocop. Darren Aronofsky was originally slated to direct but the job has since fallen to Brazilian director Jose Padilha.

But that's not all.

In what very well may be the best crowdfunding campaign yet, more than $50,000 was raised to build a statue of Robocop in Detroit, despite the idea initially just being floated as a joke during a Twitter Q&A session with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

It should also be noted that $25,000 of that was donated by businessman Pete Hottelet of Omni Consumer Products, the company that shares the name of the evil conglomerate in the Robocop films. This Omni does not create murderous drug-addicted cyborgs, though it does make Tru Blood, Stay Puft Marshmallows, Sex Panther Cologne and Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator.

Though it's clear from online comments that not everybody thinks it's a good idea, many have already sworn to visit Detroit to see the statue and others have suggested that New York City get a statue of the Ghostbusters.

And all this raises the question: Should Preston, Idaho, get a statue of Napoleon Dynamite? We're looking at you, Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson.

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