I expect some of you might be more inclined to see Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop, now that Gary Oldman will be in it. Today news came out that Oldman will play a major role opposite Joel Kinnaman, who was cast a few weeks back as the new version of Alex Murphy, a cop who is killed (nearly killed?) but revived as a cyborg police officer.
I bet many will do the same thing I did and assume that Oldman will be playing either the role held by Ronny Cox in the original, or even one of the roles played to such memorable effect by Kurtwood Smith or Miguel Ferrer. In fact, Oldman’s casting reveals some new information about the remake, as he’s playing a new character named Norton, aka the guy who creates RoboCop. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that Joel Kinnaman is locked for the lead role in José Padilha‘s Robocop reboot, MGM has started looking to fill out the rest of its cast — which of course means the rumor mill has begun churning in earnest. A new story has surfaced claiming that Edward Norton, Gael García Bernal, and Rebecca Hall are circling the project, and that producers are looking to get Sean Penn on board as well. If it’s true, Robocop could be pulling together a very promising cast. More after the jump.
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I’m tempted to put this down in the “actors are usually the last to know” column, but there is probably something to this, given that costume tests and so forth have evidently commenced: Joel Kinnaman, recently chosen to be the new RoboCop for director José Padilha, is talking about the new suit designs. We’ve heard suggestions from Padilha that his take on the film will be a little bit less exaggerated sci-fi cop movie than Paul Verhoeven’s original satire was. Now we’ve got one more detail: Kinnaman says this new version of the character “is going to be a lot more human.” Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve got some quick hits on the sci-fi action-adventure sequel front today, including:
- Bruce Boxleitner’s prediction on when TRON 3 will get going
- Vin Diesel’s snapshots from the Riddick set
- Sony’s just announced release date for the Robocop remake
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Jose Padilha‘s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic RoboCop has just added another significant piece to the puzzle. Over the weekend, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Safe House) signed on to play the lead character and now the film – which is being produced by MGM – has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures. Read More »
This one is just breaking now, but Variety’s Jeff Sneider has trumpeted on Twitter that Joel Kinnaman, of The Killing and Snabba Cash (from the director of Safe House) has been offered the lead in RoboCop.Please note: this doesn’t mean the actor is cast. Offers go out all the time, with some being reported and a great many not. We’ll have to wait to see where this leads, though THR says that a deal might come together quickly. Kinnaman was set to play one of the two leads in David Dobkin’s now-canceled Arthur & Lancelot at WB, so he’s newly free of a big commitment. Read More »
This is starting to get ridiculous. Yesterday we heard that Akiva Goldsman is still trying to call in favors with Russell Crowe, among other actors, to play a role in his directorial debut Winter’s Tale. Then it came out that Darren Aronofsky wants the actor for Noah. Now MGM is supposedly looking at Crowe for RoboCop. Really? Read More »
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Briefly: The remake of RoboCop is a bit like the character RoboCop is at the end of his first movie: it just…keeps…going. The bankruptcy of MGM stopped Darren Aronofsky’s version, but it didn’t stop the remake overall. Now Elite Squad director Jose Padilha is set to direct, and furthermore, RoboCop has a new writer to follow up on the work done by Josh Zetumer.
Nick Schenk, who wrote Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and has also been working on Padilha’s developing Tri-Border project, has been tapped to work on the RoboCop script with Padilha.
This draft will likely have to be finished before the film moves forward. MGM wants to shoot RoboCop this summer, but there is no one cast yet in the lead role, and very likely that decision will have to be made before anyone else is cast around that lead actor. [THR]