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A couple weeks back the script to the upcoming RoboCop remake, directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha and staring Joel Kinnaman as the titular half man/half robot, leaked and sounded like all crap. Hit Fix’s Drew McWeeny spent a whole morning ripping it apart on his twitter feed, rightfully so since it really sounded awful. Well, since then someone else has gotten their paws on the script  and puts forth a very different view. Superhero Hype’s Solidus refutes McWeeny’s claims that the plot is devoid of the originals social satire comparing it to Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi sleeper hit District 9 and says that it delves deeper into the characters loss of humanity as he becomes more man than machine.

“He moves quick. At first as Robo 1.0 he is somewhat slow. But he does move fast, he can run up to 30MPH and catch bad guys pretty quick. 

Other things, that I love is just the whole integration of wi-fi and how he is connected to everything. This is truly Robocop remade for the modern world, not the 80’s. 

I have said before I love the virtual evidence world he creates and re-creates a crime as it happens. I love how he is connected to every camera in the city and they are everywhere. 

There is also a motorcycle that is made specifically for him, it sounds pretty cool, it connects to him in a way. So he mainly drives his Cruiser motorcycle thing.”

Oh yea, and the whole RoboCop is now a Transformer thing? Apparently we shouldn’t worry.

“All that changes is the appearance of the texture of his armor and helmet, nothing more. He has a visor but it is more see through. 

Yea the armor just changes to different textures/slight bulkiness. But it makes it sound like in the script in many scenes that it transforms very very quickly. No body changing or arms becoming something else kind of stuff. 

He starts out more human, but OCP starts to mess with him and take away his emotions and he becomes very cold like the Robocop we know.”

Now, the script does continue to deviate from the source material, namely the absolute genesis of the character. Prepare for a  spoiler and a twist!

“The story does resolve around that they need Murphy he is the perfect candidate but they know he won’t agree to it. So they hire bad guys to pretty much knock him out and “surgically” blow him away so they can get program under way. And also make Murphy’s wife think that it is the only way to save Alex is to do this program and he will still be the man she loves. But lets say the company really back stabs that and then some. They just want a cold robot that does what it’s told but give the appearance to the press and public that he can have emotions. They set up the whole family wanting him back thing to give it a good clean image. But in reality the company is being horrible about it. 

One emotional part that turns him more to a machine (which is what the company and Norton wanted) was when they showed Murphy what was left of “him” they strip all his mechanical stuff and it is just some of his organs part of his head and a part of his brain. A pretty sad scene, especially when they make Murphy’s wife look at it, to get her to run away from wanting to still be with Alex.”

*dismissive wanking motion* 

Also, if you’ve seen/heard the rumors about Padilha being unhappy on set about being locked into a production, reject those lies! He’s happy! Fernando Meirelles claimed that Padilha was despondent over the project and faced 90% of his work being cut by studio suits, but Padilha recently told a Brazilian newspaper (translated by Latino Review) “I have a script I’m happy with and I got the cast I have picked. The director of photography is Lula Carvalho, my editor is Daniel Rezende. I was even consulted for the selection of the producers.” He continues to say that the movie has had its share of  problems since it is a beloved property, but seemed mostly positive.

Well then.

So… is this where I get to be an old angry nerd? I still don’t see why this remake is necessary. Am I wrong for thinking the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film still holds up? Hell, the sequel from 1990 (largely based on a story by comic legend Frank Miller) built upon the concept and progressed the story further. For crying out loud, in ’93 the  third movie… It… well there was… actually, the third movie really sucked. Like sucked hard. So did the TV series.

Ok, the only way I support this project is purely based on the fact that it has a chance to replace how the franchise fell apart in the end. With the release date set for August 9th, 2013. They have their work cut out for them.

Source: CBM, 2

 

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