Darren Aronofsky Says ‘Robocop’ Remake Breakdown The Result Of Studio Woes, Not 3-D Demands

When Darren Aronofsky’s long-gestating “Robocop” remake hit the skids and the director went off to shoot “Black Swan” with Natalie Portman, the Interwebs seemed to decide the reason was 3-D snobbery: MGM wanted to shoot the sci-fi flick in three dimensions and Aronofsky said something to the effect of, “Oh hell no!”

In a recent conversation, though, Aronofsky wanted to set the record straight. The collapse of “Robocop,” he said, had nothing to do with 3-D and everything to do with the studio’s precarious financial standing.

“The studio is in question, as everyone knows, with ’The Hobbit’ and all that stuff, and ’Black Swan’ was ready to go,” he said. “It just became an easy decision.”

“All that stuff with the 3-D. I don’t know where that came from,” he added. “Actually, I do know where that came from. I did one Q&A and someone asked me about 3-D and it was before I saw Cameron’s film and I wasn’t that into it at the time. Someone connected that to ’Robocop.’ There’s no truth to that story.”

What’s more, Aronofsky told us that he’s fascinated with what he’s seen recently from 3-D film, and if it’s good enough for James Cameron and Martin Scorsese, it’s surely good enough for him.

“With the right project, I’m totally into 3-D,” he said “Scorsese’s working in 3-D [on ’The Invention of Hugo Cabret’]. I am very curious what that’s going to be. Like everyone, I thought ’Avatar’ was an incredible experience. I’m also interested in what someone like John Waters would do in 3-D. That’s when it starts to become interesting, when you start to see it used in very interesting, different ways. There is a backlash at this point, and I think that’s just because it’s been overexposed, but that’s just because people are rushing to bank in on it. There’s no doubt that interesting things are going to be done in 3-D.”

And despite MGM’s difficulties, Aronofsky holds out hope that he’ll be able to return to “Robocop” at some point in the future. “We’ll see what happens with it down the line,” he said.