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Director Jose Padilha seems to know that some people are looking at his remake of RoboCop with a jaundiced eye, and so he introduces the new trailer for the film with some of the same explanation that he offered at Comic Con.

In fact, this is a version of the reel that was shown at Comic Con this past summer, starting with drones patrolling the Middle East and Samuel L. Jackson‘s character railing against the fact that similar tactics are not being used to police the streets at home. That’s where OCP chairman Michael Keaton steps in, with a plan to “put a man inside a machine.” And thus, the new RoboCop is born. Of all the remakes we’ve seen of well-known properties, this one looks like it has the most potential to blend the original ideas with new concepts that give it a unique personality.

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With shots that last less than a second, it’s possible to pack an impressive amount of information into a fifteen-second clip. That’s the case with this preview of the new trailer for the RoboCop remake. The trailer hits tomorrow, and this advance look comes from Entertainment Tonight, but thankfully it is free of talking heads and intrusive voiceover.

Puzzle out what this is really telling us about Jose Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi satire by watching below.

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‘RoboCop’ Remake Gets IMAX Release

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Briefly: There’s been much debate over the look and feel of José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. Does it look too campy, does it look too straightforward, is it being disrespectful to the original? Fans have begun asking all these questions.

One question that can be put to rest, though, is its size. MGM and Sony revealed today the film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, will be remasted and released in IMAX on opening day, February 7. The other questions will be put to rest on or around that date as well.

Alex Murphy Glows and Glowers on First ‘RoboCop’ Poster

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The first trailer for Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake suggested an interesting mix of old and new, not unlike RoboCop himself. The basic premise hasn’t changed, and the promo contained plenty of nods to Paul Verhoeven’s original. But it’s also clear that, for better or for worse, Padilha’s version is its own thing, with whole new subplots, characters, and themes.

Now the first poster has landed, and it takes a similar approach. There’s a cute little reference to the 1987 film, but the sleek, modern aesthetic is a reminder that this is not your dad’s RoboCop. Or perhaps it’d be more appropriate to say this is your kid’s RoboCop, since those who were old enough to catch Verhoeven’s film when it first came out are probably parents themselves by now. Check out the poster after the jump.

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“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” The first trailer for José Padilha‘s remake of Robocop is finally here. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, it’s scheduled for release February 7. Check it out below. Read More »

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When I sat down with director Jose Padilha to talk about his upcoming Robocop reboot at Comic Con, I expected to have a very surface conversation about his first Hollywood blockbuster. But what I got instead with a deep psychological dissection of the characters and story of his film, references to how he was influenced by Stanley Kubrick for a sequence, and interesting details on how they needed to reinvent the Steadicam rig to shoot Point of View sequences from RoboCop’s perspective.   It was also shocking to hear him talk candidly about how he isn’t even involved in the 3D process for this film. All of this and more can be read in my interview with Jose, after the jump.

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Our first real look at José Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop in motion features Samuel L. Jackson as a loud, opinionated television personality, on a stage emblazoned with American flags. This guy Pat Novak, whom Jackson describes as “Rush Sharpton,” is talking about the use of drones in military service oversees. Indeed, in news footage of an operation in Tehran, we see ED-209 ‘bots patrolling war-torn streets, with smaller 208s backing them up.

Pat Novak hopes that these drones, which don’t get angry, can be used to patrol American neighborhoods. But because drones can’t be accountable for decision-making, there’s legislation against using them on US soil. Enter OCP, which finds a way to bring a human consciousness into a drone, and in so doing creates the ability to make money by selling super-expensive human/drone hybrids. Enter RoboCop.

Already, you can tell that this is a very different film from Paul Verhoven’s weird, raw satire released in 1987. Director José Padilha took the stage after that footage to discuss his new movie, including some talk about the future threat of drones and robotics technology used in war and law enforcement, as he described a remake that may have much less to do with the original than we had expected. Read More »

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A quarter century after the release of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, the cyborg police officer remains as well loved as ever. In fact, today we’ve got news about three different versions of the character coming our way.

First, we have the first peek at the statue going up in Detroit, which is based on the original (1987) version of the character. Then there are photos and video from Jose Padilha‘s upcoming remake, which has been undergoing reshoots in Vancouver. Finally, Boom! Studios has announced plans for a new comic book series called RoboCop: Last Stand, penned by Frank Miller. Hit the jump for details on all of the above.

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