So by now, everyone tapped into the
remake and reboot Hollywood grapevine has heard of the Robocop reboot slated to come out in 2013. The director for the remake is Brazilian Jose Padilha, who has not directed… well, anything really. That’s not really an issue, because original Robocop director Paul Verhoeven hadn’t made any American movies prior to Robocop either.
However, in order to make up for the lack of a famous name directing the movie, they’ve gotten a couple of big names to star in it. Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman are all starring in it.
But the most recent bit of news to come out is the addition of Hugh Laurie to the cast as an OCP CEO, likely Dick Jones. This is a perfect role for the star. As his role as House comes to an end this season, he’ll probably be eager to play a character that isn’t a doctor. Of course, if he is playing Dick Jones, we all know how that worked out in the end.
This remake wasn’t originally very impressive, but since hearing about the star studded cast, it seems to be offering more appeal. And while I was initially apprehensive about the fact that it wasn’t going to be the same story as the original, I’m starting to come around to the idea. Paul Verhoeven’s original was a pretty dark comedy that had an overly optimistic look at the future of Detroit.
However, there were plenty of themes that weren’t explored, and it’ll be interesting to see what direction they take with the reboot. They plan to tell a story that uses the original as the framework. Hey, as long as it’s better than the Clash of the Titans remake, I won’t complain. And we all know it can’t be much worse than the third Robocop movie, so it’s got that going for it.
Robocop is slated to start filming in September and open summer of 2013.