A First Look at the New Robocop

The promotion machine for the Robocop remake has begun. Helmed by José Padilha (The Elite Squad I and II), the film is set for a 2013 release, with Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing, which is nothing more than a mediocre 21st century Twin Peaks knock-off) playing Robocop; Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie (House), and Abbie Cornish (Limitless) are also tied to the project. While the details surrounding the new Robocop are sparse, MGM and Sony Entertainment are funding the project, supposedly spending $100 million on the venture. Recently a website for Omnicorp (OCP, or Omni Consumer Products, in Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 version) was launched, featuring a promotional video for the fictitious weapons manufacturer.

The website hints that Padilha’s Robocop will touch on themes that make Verhoeven’s film so impactful—man/machine hybridity, police oppression, the military industrial complex—but from a contemporary standpoint. The Omnicorp video features the redesigned ED-209 (left) but also discusses unmanned drones, which have been used by the United States military for years and will supposedly start patrolling American cities by the end of the decade. The site only delivers a hint of what Robocop will look like, referring to it as the RC-2000 project (said to be in development), but at least the film’s politics are fairly apparent. While many, including myself, are skeptical about the new Robocop it is possible the film will succeed, especially if it touches on technological issues pertinent to personal liberties. One can only hope.

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Emmanuel Malchiodi is a freelance writer living in New York City but originally from Florida.

3 Comments on "A First Look at the New Robocop"

  1. Buddylembeck69 July 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    surprised they’re going the same route with the walker robot, still looks clunky for this presumably ‘sleeker’ future.  Gotta’ figure, RoboCop’s not based on a book, why make the same thing again?

    • Emmanuel Malchiodi July 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      I’ve think most people in Hollywood are on so many prescription pills that they’re lazier than ever. They’re about building franchises now, not telling great stories because it’s easy…and they’re super high. Then again, Robocop’s become a cultural icon of sorts, transcending generations. I think it’ll probably suck but I love the idea of Robocop so I’ll see it anyways. 

      And yes, the ED-209 still looks clunky. They just made its angles sharper, which I guess makes it scarier? 

  2. Scott Schlazer July 8, 2012 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Actually RoboCop is based off of two Japanese television shows, a 1973 series which is called Robot Detective, and a 1982 series called Space Sheriff Gavan. Later on after the first RoboCop film in 1987 Toei of Japan began work on a new series which came out in 1989 which was called Mobile Cop Jiban. When I first saw the OVA for Appleseed in 1988, I thought of it as RoboCop, but apparently the creator of the anime Masamune Shirow knew nothing about the movie RoboCop when he wrote the script for Appleseed.

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