With the film still in pre-production, it’s interesting to see all the news that is beginning to come out of camp ‘RoboCop.’ Earlier MGM began their viral campaign for the movie giving a teaser for the RC-2000 (aka RoboCop). Now we hear from actor Joel Kinnaman who states that this version of ‘RoboCop’ will be “more human.”
In an interview with MTV, Kinnaman speaks very excitedly about this film. “I’m super stoked,” Kinnaman said, “especially with this director. Jose Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal.”
Director Jose Padilha has already stated that his version of ‘RoboCop’ would focus more on how turning into a RoboCop affects the individual and Kinnaman concurs. “There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ explains Kinnaman, “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.” It may not be surprising that Padilha is taking a more scientific and realistic approach to the story as his father who was a scientist was someone who influenced the director greatly.
As for the look of the new ‘RoboCop,’ the actor states that it will have more human characteristics and this time we’ll actually see Alex Murphy’s face:
“’RoboCop’ is going to be a lot more human… 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.”
In addition, Kinnaman refuses to call Padilha’s version a reboot:
“The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, 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.”
Of course, with Padilha being more known for his documentary style of filming, there still will be some element of that in ‘RoboCop.’ Along with the realism that will be injected in the movie, Kinnaman added “(there’s) going to have a political satire to it too.”
So it seems that this “re-imagination” of ‘RoboCop’ may very well be able to stand on its own as well as pay homage to the original Paul Verhoeven version. What do you think of it so far?