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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Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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After the Elite Squad films, Brazilian director Jose Padilha seemed like a mold-breaking choice to direct the RoboCop remake for MGM. We have to wait to see how that worked out; while many photos have hit the web, we still haven’t seen any footage from the film.
Now Padilha is signing on to a film that sounds more directly in his wheelhouse: The Brotherhood, based on the book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia written by Guy Lawson and William Oldham. The story follows two corrupt cops, each of whom works for a different crime organization, and the third detective who tracks their activities. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
An especially heart-pounding edition of Remake Bits features updates on Evil Dead, Godzilla, Robocop, and more. After the jump:
- Frank Darabont talks about the Godzilla reboot
- Jason Blum is remaking The Town That Dreaded Sundown
- Listen to ten minutes of the Evil Dead score
- New pics show the Robocop prototype
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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:
- The new Scarface might center around a Mexican lead
- Abbie Cornish has nice things to say about Robocop
- Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
- The viral campaign for Carrie gets literary with a couple of fake books
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A new four-minute video meant to sell Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop to licensing and promotions companies might just end up selling you on the film, too. It features a ton of concept art from the film, including huge battles with multiple OmniCorp products and explains how the suit will evolve from the silver one similar to the original film to the black one that’s been a hot topic since images of it leaked online some weeks ago.
Check out the video after the jump.
[EDIT: The video has been removed, but we still have a rundown of what it entails below]
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There was no small amount of derision fired towards the RoboCop remake directed by Jose Padilha for the suit design sported by the main character, played by Joel Kinnaman. The assumption was that he was going to wear that suit throughout most of the film — after all, in Paul Verhoeven’s original movie, the character didn’t get new armor every ten minutes, so we’ve assumed a similar approach this time.
That might be wrong.
An image posted to Instagram today shows a suit that the photographer says is the suit the character will wear through “the whole film.” It’s better than the last, if a bit Ultron-like. Check out the image and some possibly spoilerish info below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Having weathered MGM’s financial woes and some last-minute digital revamping to avoid pissing off the Chinese, the Red Dawn remake is finally ready to hit theaters next month. A first trailer hit a couple of months ago, and now the first TV spot has arrived to remind us of the absurdity we can expect. Watch the video after the jump, then stick around for more photos from RoboCop and a casting update on a new Little Rascals.
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