I can’t understand re-making a movie you can’t make any better. Paul Verhoeven‘s original Robocop is a perfect example. The story is great, political satire spot on, well acted and the graphics are fine too. It holds up! How can it possibly be repeated? Suffice to say, I just cant picture a Robocop reboot turning out good.
My deliberate pessimism is not uncalled for. Assuring bastardization of Verhoeven’s cult classic, is reboot helmer Jose Padilha. The Brazilian director recently gave an interview to a Dutch entertainment website, Film1 where he discusses how he will not repeat Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop. Specifically, how he will forgo the social/political undercurrent, which pretty much was the real antagonist of the Robocop trilogy.
I love the sharpness and political tone of RoboCop , and I think that such a film is now urgently needed. But I will not repeat what Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.
I can’t say I’m expecting a carbon copy of the original, but exploring the pathos of man becoming machine strays too far from the main theme. Corporations running the government is more relevant than ever. If a reboot HAS to be done, then it NEEDS to satirize corporate corruption.
I’d like to think Padilha is down playing this, but there’s no way the corporate powers that be in Hollywood would allow a Anti-Corporate America message.
I’m sure modern cinematic technology and special effects will make for some fantastic action, but this remake will undoubtedly be a commercial, mainstream studio action movie, aimed at selling toys to kids. And to that I say “Brrraaapp!”