More RoboCop news! Sadly, the film still seems to be happening.
While doing press for his up current film, “Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” Director José Padilha squeezed out a little more info about the project to The Playlist:
“I never approached [‘RoboCop’] by looking at the first one, and asking myself what do I keep and what do I take away, I just looked at the concept of ‘RoboCop,’ and the concept of ‘RoboCop’ is very, very interesting. RoboCop is not a superhero – he is not a superhero. He is a man that’s turned into something else, by technology, and by a certain political perspective that’s being criticized in Verhoeven’s film, and by the media, too. So that idea, of a man that’s turned into something else for some purpose, appeals to me on its own regardless of the first film.”
Well, that sure shed a whole lot of light on the reboot. RoboCop is not a superhero, did anyone actually ever think that? I think above does little to quell nerd fears that everything that made the original great will be watered down and washed out in this ‘new’ RoboCop. The first RoboCop movie was and still is amazing, I understand that if you remake it, you do a new take… but why remake it? Can this new version offer anything even close to what we have already seen? Can still see on DVD, Blu-Ray, whatever the format of the day is. Wait, maybe there is hope? Padilha continues:
“I think the media needs a little criticizing now, as it did in the ‘80s, don’t you? Just look at what happened in the Bush era with the lack of criticism we’ve seen from most of it at the beginning of the Iraq invasion, and the sort of patriotic approach of the media that you couldn’t say anything against it. It’s high time we got a little acid criticism of that in my film – in ‘RoboCop’.”
So, there will be social commentary in film? Will it live up to the fantastic taint kick of the first and second on? Will it at least live up to the long legacy of the 3rd and subsequent TV series? (gagged a little when my brain recalled images of the last two) Come on, damn it… give us something to sink our teeth into! What is this film going to be?
“I had a take on it, which I can’t tell you what it is because it would ruin the surprise of the film, but I presented this take to MGM and to Roger [Birnbaum] and John and Adam, and they’re great guys, and they loved it, so they said, ‘let’s make a film about it,’ so I’m like recreating the story based on that concept, that brilliant concept of changing a man with technology, automated systems, which is sort of a metaphor for what’s going on in society anyways.”
Awesome. Vague off hand comment to having an idea that some studio execs loved, but he can’t tell us anything about what that take is. Let’s keep in mind, at some point studio execs have loved and help make Uwe Boll movies. Just let that sink in a little.
One thing did come out of the interview, as Nerdbastards had previously reported, rumor has it that Michael Fassbender is up the title role. Turns out, that’s just another thing we can blame on the dutch:
“I did this interview for the Dutch media, because Verhoeven is Dutch, and I was doing them for ‘Elite Squad’ which is opening there, and I’m being interviewed by these guys and they said, ‘so who is going to be RoboCop?’ I said I don’t know, and after the guy asked the same question like ten times, I said, ‘there’s so many great new actors in American films, like Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine , and so on.’ And all of a sudden I’ve called Fassbender out, but we haven’t even discussed this film. But it’s true – he’s a great actor. But they’re all great actors. So it’s from one sentence in one interview with a Dutch guy,”
So, there you have it folks. The one GOOD thing to come out this talk of a new RoboCop turns out to just be an unsound rumor from an over zealous interviewer. Damn it. Padilha closed things off by saying they hope to start production early next year, but even that is up in the air.
Source: The Playlist