Iconic design to be revamped and violence toned down . . .

Another day, another 1980s remake.

With a RoboCop remake being rumored for so long, news that the remake is actually going ahead and already has a release date has somewhat gone under the radar of sci-fi fans who have a lot of other remakes of beloved flicks to be angry about.

Anyway here’s the low-down on the RoboCop remake:

Release date: August 9th, 2013

Plot (rumored): Present day Los Angeles, 20 years after the termination of the RoboCop program, the city decides to reinstate the program.

Stars:  Joel Kinnaman (The Killing TV series) and The Darkest Hour

Director: José Padilha, Brazilian director of the two Elite Squad movies

Here’s what actor Kinnaman recently told MTV about how the remake intends to change the iconic RoboCop costume design and tone down the violence of the original 1987 movie.

On costume design:

“RoboCop is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, Paul Verhoeven has that very special tone, and it’s not going to have that tone. It’s a re-imagination of it. There’s a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It’s much more challenging. It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”

Story elements:

“There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.”

The violence:

“Yeah. It’s going to be different. But it’s very good. I was looking to do a big movie and to show that I can carry a big movie, and I couldn’t be happier that this is going to be one of those big movies, a blockbuster, but that is also a real movie. A movie-movie. It’s going to have a political satire to it too. I’m super stoked. Especially with this director. José Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal.”

A RoboCop remake to be directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) fell through the cracks when MGM, the owners of the remake rights, fell on financial tough times. Now that MGM has sorted its finances the RoboCop remake as well as Skyfall, the long-postponed James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, is going ahead.


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