Following yesterday’s official announcement that Darren Aronofsky will direct the “reinvention” of the RoboCop franchise, a couple extra thoughts occurred to me.
For years now, I have taken a perverse pride in being able to say that “I have two X-rated movies in my DVD collection.”
It’s only half-true, technically speaking. Maybe even only a quarter-true.
But one of the films in question is RoboCop (1987; my comments), the director’s cut of which (first released on Criterion, now available along with the theatrical cut on the 20th-anniversary DVD put out by MGM) was rated X before a few seconds of blood and gore were trimmed to get an R rating instead.
And the other film is Requiem for a Dream (2000; my review), which was produced about a decade after the X rating had been retired in favour of the NC-17 rating, and which was released to theatres “unrated” after the MPAA “surrendered” the film’s original NC-17 rating.
The original film was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who has wanted to make a movie about Jesus for years, if not decades, now. Verhoeven even claims that there is Christ imagery in RoboCop itself (the crucifixion-like execution of Murphy, who is shot rather than nailed in the hand; the image of RoboCop “walking on water”; etc.).
So they have the ambition-to-make-a-biblical-epic thing in common, too.