Ever since the news broke 2 years ago that the 1987 classic Paul Verhoeven movie starring Peter Weller (‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’) would be undergoing a remake, groans were heard across the web. After all, the thought of yet another film remake was not something movie goers were taking too kindly. Now that the film is completed, whether Padilha’s version will live up to the original is yet to be seen.
What can be seen in the trailer, however, are a few nods to the original version, but not so much that you can’t see that this film has its own iteration and is indeed a revision. For example, Murphy’s partner is played by Michael Kenneth Williams (in the original, the role was played by Nancy Allen), and while Murphy died in the 1987 version and then became Robocop, here, he survives a car bombing before becoming the $6 Million Dollar Man (okay, that’s another movie and it probably cost OmniCorp much more to rebuild Murphy).
The film has Joel Kinnaman (‘The Darkest Hour’, ‘The Killing’) in the title role and boasts an all-star cast including Michael Keaton as OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellers, Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton, the scientist who develops Robocop and Samuel L. Jackson as media mogul Pat Novak.
Check out the trailer after the synopsis and let us know what you think of the remake so far!
In “RoboCop,” the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center 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 utilizes 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.
‘Robocop’ is slated to open in theaters on February 7, 2014.