For any guys that grew up during the 80s RoboCop would have been up there as one of the most brutal films of your childhood, especially if you saw the unedited version. With frighteningly graphic shoot-out scenes and RoboCop’s catchphrase, “dead or alive, you’re coming with me”, it didn’t shirk on the ossam sauce, so the recent announcement of a remake, due out in 2014, and the release of the trailer (see below), comes as pretty epic news.
The original movie was directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner and starred Peter Weller (who you might recognise from his recent role in Star Trek: Into Darkness) as the cop turned robot, Alex Murphy, AKA RoboCop. This time around it’s been directed by José Padilha (who’s still down to direct the Marching Powder movie), with the screenplay coming from Nick Schenk, Joshua Zetumer and James Vanderbilt, and a whole new look RoboCop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Darkest Hour, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) in the title role.
While the storyline has distinct similarities with the original film, the 2014 remake has opted for a car bomb explosion to replace the infamous brutal gun scene of the original movie as the trigger for Murphy’s transformation from family man officer into the cyborg law enforcer RoboCop. With a robotic outer shell, thanks to the scientific advances of OmniCorp, Alex takes on the troubled streets of Detroit City, but things aren’t as clear cut as they appear.
As with the previous film, Murphy struggles to cope with his new robotic self as the former family man. While his new masters try to control him for their own devices, his emotions can’t be suppressed and the scene is set for a new battle to uphold the law.
Kinnaman is joined by a pretty impressive cast that includes Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)) as the scientist behind his transformation and a return to cinema by Michael Keaton as the head of OmniCorp. Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) has also been confirmed to star as the media hot-shot that has become the face of the future for the city. Sadly, there’s no word of Weller putting in a cameo appearance, but we live in hope.
From the look of the trailer, RoboCop has taken a big step even further into the future with modern special effects to bring it to life and an updated and skimmed down armoured exoskeleton. While things start off with the old school silver suit that we all know and love, Murphy gets a paint job to make look even more impressive with his new all-black armour. It looks pretty epic, somewhere between Dredd and Tron Legacy, but it’s cool that they also gave him the silver look too.
The RoboCop 2014 reboot of the legendary sci-fi, crime action hero movie is scheduled for a UK release date of the 7th February 2014, which gives us plenty of time to whip out the line, “dead or alive, you’re coming with me”, before it gets overused. The film will be released in both 2D and 3D and from the first few screenings of the trailer it could be a genuinely credible remake of the 80s classic.