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In some ways the tale of a cyborg police officer is timeless, but Hitfix contributor Drew McWeeny has discovered how catastrophic Columbia Picture's soon-to-shoot remake will be, as he's gotten access to a copy of the script. Via Twitter McWeeny unleashed a torrent of furious tweets
Directed by Jose Padilha, who is best known for helming the two Elite Squad movies in his home land of Brazil, the movie is a remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic from 1987 about a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back to life as a cybernetic crime fighter. Joel Kinnaman will play the title role while Hugh Laurie is attached as the villain.
Two-time Tony award winner Jennifer Ehle is becoming a very strange type of superhero all her own. She recently went from curing a global pandemic in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion to helping in the mission to assassinate Osama Bin Laden in Katherine Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, and now it seems as though she'll be taking a part in the creation of Robocop.
Baruchel joins a cast that already includes Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. That’s a great group of actor eager to sign up for what originally sounded like a rehashed reboot of a popular franchise.
In an endless stream of reboots, the upcoming return to RoboCop is one of the few that actually shows some promise. Not only is the futuristic property rife with possibilities in the now far more technologically advanced era of filmmaking but the project has also assembled a great cast including Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Hugh Laurie.
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After eight seasons as the cranky, mercurial, endlessly fascinating Dr. Gregory House on House, Hugh Laurie is finally ready for his first big Hollywood starring role, and it's a doozy. According to Variety he's in talks to play the villain in RoboCop
Cornish is an odd choice, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Most recently, she took over the modern angle of a period love story in Madonna’s directorial effort W.E. Prior to that, the beautiful Cornish carried additionally graceful period movies like Bright Star and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, though she did have a role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, and that was nothing but effects.
Being the fan that I am, I can't help but close this article out with another piece of Tarantino trivia. The last time that Oldman and Jackson appeared in a movie together was the 1993 Tony Scott movie True Romance, and who wrote the script for that movie? None other than Mr. Tarantino. In fact, that particular movie had Oldman dispatching Jackson with a high-powered shotgun - maybe it's time for some revenge?
Early in his career Gary Oldman was regularly cast as a madman, and we are forever thankful for that, but in recent years he has made a very interesting career shift. Now it's more likely that we see him in strong, hero type roles, rather than parts as the villain. This is best seen in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but he also served that purpose in the Harry Potter films and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. Now he's bringing that part of himself to theRoboCop franchise.
Will any of these people actually wind up in the cast? There's really no telling, since even if The Tracking Board has their story right, all of these actors seem so tentatively connected that anything could change. Penn, especially, tends to be incredibly picky in choosing his roles
Peter Weller had a pretty remarkable death scene in the beginning of RoboCop, but the truth is that for most of that movie he is pretty faceless. His cyborg helmet had the Batman effect of covering everything but his lower jaw, which, let's be honest, isn't even recognizable on your own best friends. It's not a bad thing, but apparently it is something that's going to change for the remake that is in the works over at MGM.
It's hard to think of anything that really connects the upcoming Robocop remake and the upcoming Anna Karenina adaptation, so let's just get down to facts. Recent schedule updates at Box Office Mojo have finally assigned release dates for both films;
A deal has been struck that will see Sony Pictures distribute the new remake of RoboCop. The film is being directed by Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha and, as confirmed this past weekend, the movie is set to star Joel Kinnaman in the title role. The sci-fi actioner, based on Paul Verhoeven's 1987 cult classic, is about a cop in a futuristic Detroit who is brought back to life as a cyborg to fight escalating crime in the city.
Remember a few weeks ago when we told you that The Killing and Snabba Cash star was being considered for the title role in MGM's Robocop movie? OK, now repeat that news to yourself, and make it sound a lot more confident
Kinnaman, for his part, does seem to have what it takes to become a Pine/Hemsworth-type breakout star. His brief scene in Safe House was a highlight of that muddled film, and while The Killing hasn't turned out as well as most people hoped, nobody seems to be blaming him for it
Gather 'round movie fans, and let me share with you the tale of screenwriter Josh Zetumer, and how he came to score a six against seven-figures deal from Universal despite never having had a script produced. You see, back when Universal was hot off of the box office splendor that was Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum, they were earnest to reunite Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth Bourne movie. So, they hired Zetumer to quickly pen a draft
So… that settles that? Not necessarily-- for right now Crowe doesn't seem to be in any kind of talks for the Robocop role, but that doesn't mean his name won't come up again, or that somehow six months from now we'll hear he's been cast. I kind of doubt it
It hasn't actually been that long since Crowe headlined a big epic, but it's easy to forget that Ridley Scott's 2010 Robin Hood ever happened, so I don't blame you for not remembering Crowe all that well in action-hero mode. But even in his scruffy, middle-aged state, Crowe actually seems pretty perfect for Noah, especially if Aronofsky can get him to buckle down
Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk has been brought on board to develop the screenplay, and Zetumer's name is entirely absent from the announcement. Does this mean Schenk is merely giving the script a polish? Or is this a total tear-down? It's hard to determine at this juncture, thought either way Schenk seems a smart choice for the material as Gran Torino was heralded for its unflinching and gritty, baroque exploration of vigilante justice.
The Robocop reboot has been waiting in the wings for someone to pick it up for quite a while now. Aronofsky was the first to show interest and he even finished a script, but along came the chance to make his passion project, Black Swan, and his involvement with the film slowly disintegrated as MGM’s finances crumbled. Slowly though the company got back on its feet and hired another director, Brazilian film maker Jose Padilha, and Robocop is well on its way to finding the big screen.
Michael Fassbender is having one hell of a 2011. In addition to being largely considered the best part of X-Men: First Class, one of the best summer blockbusters this year, he is also gaining tons of Oscar buzz for his performance in Steve McQueen's Shame and has David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method coming out in November.
There are few things as pointless as a copy-and-paste remake. The perfect example, of course, is Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, but even Samuel Bayer's remake of Nightmare on Elm Street kept so much from the original that the reason for it's existence was called into question.
As we are reaching a 2015 that is currently hopelessly devoid of hoverboards and flying cars, Tremulant Design's Michael Hobson has taken it upon himself to keep us informed about what else may or may not happen in our near to distant future according to movies.
The one thing to worry about though is that if they’re thinking of making this play to skew in the female audience, they may be planning on leaning towards a PG-13 release, and since the original was a hard R, this could be upsetting. Nothing is official on any of these, but we’ll have our ear to the ground so check beck frequently for updates.