It has almost become a Hollywood cliche that whenever a major project is in development, Star Trek star Chris Pine’s name ends up being reportedly attached. The latest project reportedly looking at Pine is MGM’s reboot of RoboCop. More info below.
Chris Pine as new RoboCop?
For the last few years MGM has been developing a reboot/remake of RoboCop, Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic about a Detroit cop turned cyborg. The new RoboCop is currently being written with Jose Padiha tapped to direct. A number of actors have been said to be under consideration to star, including Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp. All were more in line in age with Peter Weller when he originally played Officer Alex Murphay/RoboCop. Now a new report at Twitch says that MGM is interested in a younger actor to take on the role, with Star Trek’s Chris Pine (who is 30) at the top of their list.
Chris Pine is already taking on two major franchise recastings, as Star Trek’s James T. Kirk and as the new Jack Ryan from the next Tom Clancy movie. Pine is expected to be spending much of the next year playing Kirk and Ryan for Paramount so it isn’t clear if he would even be available to MGM for RoboCop. And while MGM may be interested in Pine, it isn’t clear if Pine would be interested in taking on yet another action-film franchise role.
Peter Weller (L) in original RoboCop (1987) – Could Chris Pine step into is cybernetic boots?
Chris will next be seen in the the action comedy This Means War, where he battles with Tom Hardy (Shinzon of Star Trek Nemesis) over the affections of Reese Witherspoon, as well as Welcome to People, a family drama written by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and directed by Kurtzman. Both films have wrapped production and will be released in early 2012.