The 80s may be over, but films from the decade live on. With remakes of 1982′s Annie and ’84′s Red Dawn already in the can and a retooling of ’87′s Dirty Dancing being rumored, it’s only natural that a classic from later in the decade also gets modernized.
To that end, director Jose Padilha has taken the reigns of the reincarnation of ’87′s RoboCop, which, of course, is about the near-killing and roboticized reincarnation of a cop named Alex Murphy.
ComingSoon.net recently released a couple flicks from the set of the new film, offering a glimpse of Murphy’s updated, modernized robot suit.
Instead of a verbatim rehashing of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop, Padilha told Slash Film that his vision would be a bit more existential.
“I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven [left] untreated,” he said. “If you are a man [that] changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between [how] humans and robots [are] developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the [interesting] issues that I think.”
Should certainly be an interesting take an old favorite. The new RoboCop is aiming for a summer 2013 release. Read an official synopsis and take a look a couple snapshots below.
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front.
Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilises their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life.
He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak.