Paul Verhoeven

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Paul Verhoeven has directed a lot of extravagant and iconic films in his time. His work is famous for explicit content and social satire. Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Show Girls, are but a few and are well known for their explicit use of sex and violence and although most of his films did not always receive well, they became instant cult classics.

On the 11th of January there will be an art exhibit taking a place in Amsterdam (yeah, that Amsterdam) courtesy of R-rated Memories celebrating the director and his works. 20+ international Illustrators have made unique posters, inspired by Verhoeven; father of many famous movies and characters. They’re awesome, and you’ll want them – nostalgia and art , you know you love it! Check out the preview gallery below: (more…)

‘RoboCop’ Release Date Announced

Nobody asked for it, but a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult-classic film RoboCop is happening. *sigh* How can you even top the original? Anyway…

It was announced earlier this week that Sony will distribute the movie for MGM. Strike Entertainment’s Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing with a script from Josh Zetumer. And Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) has been confirmed to play the role of Officer Alex J. Murphy in the The  José Padilha helmed reboot.

So, when will you be able to see it? While I don’t think anyone should be marking their calendar for this, but if you must know…August 9th, 2013.

A summer release, eh? That’s a good vote of confidence from the Studio. If they think this can be a summer contender then they must they have a worthy product on their hands. In other words, they’re not rushing to make a flop.

I still don’t feel the need to revisit one of the greatest action films of the 80’s. The original RoboCop still holds up. Especially with it’s social commentary on evil corporations and what not.

With that said, I do have a reserved sense of curiosity. Maybe it will be good? With José Padilha directing, we’ll at-least get a visually satisfying experience.

Source: ComicBookMovie

 

Every time I hear news on the upcoming Robocop reboot I cup my hand to my mouth and make an obnoxious farting noise. I just cant picture a Robocop reboot turning out good, especially when the original was done so perfectly (poignant satirization of corporate corruption, uber graphic violence…etc). It just can’t be duplicated. However, today’s news did make me cock my head (like a cute puppy) with intrigue.

Appearing on Brazillian TV channel Globo 1 to discuss his film Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, José Padilha also talked a little about his Robocop plans.

The script that he and Josh Zetumer have been working on is nearing completion and stated they’re having a meeting with MGM this next week. He also confirmed that the film would be set in Detroit, as in Paul Verhoeven’s original. More importantly, he mentioned who he’s gunning for to portray the cybernetic cop. Padilha feels that X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender would be the best choice to take on the lead.

Here’s the translated excerpt from the interview:

I’ll film Robocop. I’m indeed writing the script, the writer is here with me in Rio, we’ve spent over the last 15 days working together, refining the script.

I’ll be travelling this friday back to LA, bringing this new version to discuss with the studio, and maybe begin with the casting, selecting actors… and the idea is to begin filming in February – February or March. That’s the idea, y’know, we never know in the American movie industry. We’re just delivering the project, but also we depend on the schedule of the actors… it’s tough.

I can’t talk yet, it’s too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I’d like to talk to him — I’ll talk to him. There’s a possibility… and there’s a lot of other great actors that would play Robocop. But that’s the idea, to film around January, February, March.

Whoa! Michael Fassbender charmed the shit out of us with his portrayal as Magneto in First Class. He’s been consistently good in all his recent flicks too (The Dangerous Method, Shame). A brilliant actor who’s got the “IT” factor, whatever “IT” is.  Fassbender would indeed be the best actor to play Robocop.

Fassbender is the third in a trio of actors on the directors wish list. Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) were/are potentials.

I don’t dig the idea of a reboot. I don’t like the director. I especially don’t like his plans to forgo the social/political undercurrent of the original in favor of exploring the pathos of “man becoming machine”. However, I agree with his actor wishlist. Nobody can top Peter Weller’s (the original Robocop) performance, but Fassbender and Hall could certainly come close.

Source: LatinoReview

 

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!”

 

A few years ago MGM announced that they were remaking Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic RoboCop. Darren Aronofsky even signed on to direct to film. Eventually, he left the project due to differing opinions, and given MGM’s recent financial hiccups, the whole thing found it’s way to the scarp yard. But, it was salvaged. MGM hired writer Josh Zetumer to pen the script and brought on Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) to direct the sci-fi actioner, on a budget of 80 million dollars.

If I may digress here for a second and say that I am really starting to lose it. It’s as if someone found a list of every movie that ever meant anything to me and decided to “update” it. I can’t understand re-making a movie you can’t make any better. Robocop is a perfect example. The story is great, satire spot on, well acted and the graphics are fine too. It holds up! 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. A cash grab on brand recognition, nothing more.

Anyway, latest word is that Star Trek‘s Chris Pine is MGM’s top pick for the cop who gets shot to pieces and then put back together in a robot body. This news come from Twitch:

Twitch has learned that the Star Trek actor is the studio’s top choice to take the lead in the upcoming reboot of the scifi franchise. There is no word as to whether director Jose Padilha agrees with the selection and the offer has not yet gone out but we’re told Pine currently tops the MGM casting list.

I got nothing against Chris Pine. I think he’s an excellent actor. Still, his physique and voice are a cause for concern. He’s not slender/tall enough to be Robocop. Furthermore, his voice just doesn’t feel right for that role.

As long as they don’t take away from the social commentary behind Robocop and make it all about blood and gore and something to appeal to female fans (which is why Chris Pine is so obviously their choice), I may give it a chance. Maybe.

Oh, for those of you who haven’t seen the original…here’s the plot summarized in a ten minute rap.

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I just don’t know what we would do without the internet….we most certainly wouldn’t have a statue of RoboCop coming our way, I’ll tell you what!  Just a mere week ago the people of Detroit rallied against their Mayor who said no to their proposition to have a statue in honor of the fictional super cop made famous by Paul Verhoeven’s film. Mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help the revive the city’s image. As stated above, he was not pleased with the suggestion of Detroit’s beloved robot officer.  In the latest chapter of “The RoboCop Saga” it was announced that The Imagination Station offered a place for the statue, and a Kickstarter campaign was created to collect donations to cast a big metal Robocop. $50,000 was needed and in less than a week, $50,000 was raised. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!

Here’s the latest update on Kickstarter:

We’ve reached the $50,000 goal with the help of many many supporters and a very generous contribution from Pete Hottelet at www.omniconsumerproductscorporation.com, but you can still contribute, so please keep backing the project. All the reward levels still stand, and we’re currently discussing how to branch this project and fundraising into bigger and bigger things with a better and better impact on Detroit. Thank you, everybody! Wow.

Doesn’t that just bring a tear to your cold nerd heart? It just proves that nerds and the internet know how to get shit done.

It’s kinda funny how art imitates life. In the Robocop flicks, the creation of Robocop was a necessary response to how horrid the city of Detroit was. History apparently likes to repeat itself.

Source: SlashFilm