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The first trailer for director Jose Padilha‘s reboot of the much beloved Robocop franchise has finally hit the Internet, now we just need to see how hard the Internet hits back. I’m truly conflicted when it comes to rebooting the Robocop franchise, the first movie has always been a favorite of mine. Will it stay true to the roots of the character or just change everything? If it does change significant aspects, will it still be good or just another mess like Total Recall?

The cast looks great on paper, in fact it blows away a point by point comparison with the original cast. The only questionable casting is the lead Joel Kinnaman. I just don’t know his work well enough to have confidence in his carrying this movie. The rest of this cast is a slam dunk, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman is a grouping that inspires confidence and trust. How Padilha puts it all together could be the tipping factor.

Take a look at the trailer and then let’s talk about what we’ve just seen.


Hmm, I find myself liking the look of the sets and effects shown so far. Oldman’s line about “the illusion of freewill” is an interesting take that I look forward to seeing more about. It looks like in this version the wife is the one that makes the decision to allow the OmniCorp to put Murphy into the Robocop program. Will Murphy know about his family at that point or have to discover it like the original.

Seeing Jackie Earle Haley toward the end was great. His role as Maddox should be fantastic, I’ve always loved his work.

Well, what did you think? Are you more open to this reboot or did this trailer just set your disillusions in concrete? Will this movie do better than Dredd?

Robocop hits the big screen on February 7th.

Via: Quiet Earth

 

The “Robocop” reboot directed by Jose Padilha looks to have found its lead.  Deadline is reporting that Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing,” Snabba Cash) has been offered the role of Officer Alex Murphy (played in the original by Peter Weller).

The reboot of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, “Robocop” will tell the story of a police officer who, after nearly being killed in the line of duty, is rebuilt as a crime-fighting cyborg. The original film spawned two movie sequels, comic books,  and multiple television series spin-offs.

Padilha told ComingSoon.net last year:

“I have my take on it, and I can tell you this: In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”

“Gran Torino” writer Nick Schenk was recently brought on board the project to rewrite. The start of production is targeted for later this summer.

What do you think?