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If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.

That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »

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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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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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Sony To Distribute ‘RoboCop’ Remake

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 »

Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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Neither actor has been cast but Twitchfilm is reporting that the top choices for two major upcoming remakes are as follows: Josh Brolin as the lead in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake and Chris Pine for the lead in Jose Padilha‘s Robocop remake. Let’s discuss both of them after the break. Read More »

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One of the unsung films that played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Elite Squad 2, the most successful Brazilian film in history, directed by Jose Padilha. In Peter’s review he called the film “a cross between The Departed, The Wire and The Godfather” and I can’t disagree. It’s a taut, gripping look at organized crime with a distinct action slant and Padilha balances it all beautifully.

So the fact that MGM is currently in talks with the director to helm their long-gestating remake of the revered 1987 Paul Verhoeven film Robocop is very exciting news. Read more about it after the break. Read More »

Almost three years ago, MGM announced they were going to remake RoboCop. They even made a poster touting the then 2010 release and, eventually, Darren Aronofsky came on board as a director. However, MGM soon encountered some famous financial troubles and Aronofsky moved on to make Black Swan, which opens Friday. RoboCop seemed all but dead, especially since Aronofsky’s Black Swan follow-up will be another big budget superhero movie, The Wolverine, and then possibly another machine/man movie called Machine Man. But in a recent interview, Aronofsky left a glimmer of hope open for anyone who would still like to see his take on the revered 1987 Paul Verhoeven film. Read More »

MGM Planning New RoboCop Movie

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AICN pointed out a press release today from MGM that lists a new RoboCop movie alongside upcoming franchise films already in development like Quantum of Solace, The Thomas Crown Affair 2 (with RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven on board) and everyone’s favorite future films, The Pink Panther 2 and 3. Here’s the excerpt…

MGM is planning an exciting fall and winter release schedule. In partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM will bring new installments of two of its tentpole franchises — the new James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE and Steve Martin in PINK PANTHER 2. MGM will also release United Artists’ international thriller VALKYRIE, starring Tom Cruise on October 3. With the appointment of Parent, MGM will enter its new phase of evolution by focusing on its major movie franchises highlighted by JAMES BOND and PINK PANTHER sequels, THE HOBBIT, THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR 2, THE OUTER LIMITS, ROBOCOP, DEATH WISH and FAME, among others.

A redo of Fame was just announced, so besides The Outer Limits, these are all go’s at this point. Strange that we haven’t heard much as of late sans a few whispers here and there about a remake of RoboCop. It still seems like a safe bet that MGM would revamp and remake the first film, rather than pick up where 1993’s pretty bleh RoboCop 3 left off. In fact, this is a tent pole franchise and character that have almost dropped off the pop culture radar, with only a sweded trailer of the original 1987 classic bloodbath in Be Kind Rewind coming to mind.

I’m not against the idea of rebooting the character in films so long as MGM doesn’t “teenify” the still shocking violence, sick humor and sharp satire of the original. And hopefully Peter Weller, who played the pork of the future in the first two flicks, gets offered a role in the film as well.

Discuss: Does the idea of a RoboCop reboot scare you? Who should direct it? And, oooh, RoboCop Versus The Terminator?