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Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 thriller “RoboCop,” about a police officer killed in the line of duty who is turned into a cyborg crime fighter, was surprisingly un-brain-dead for a popcorn movie, offering sharp social satire along with the action. Maybe that’s because it was the first English-language film for the Dutch director, who brought an outsider’s eye to a quintessentially American genre. Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha, known for the 2007 Portuguese-language crime drama “Elite Squad” and its 2010 sequel, might be the perfect guy to direct the remake, which is said to draw connections between futuristic droid police officers and present-day drone warfare.